By LOU WILIN
Valfilm, a maker of films for food packaging, automotive and construction, will start building a 48,300-square-foot expansion by July.
The addition will create five to 10 additional jobs when it opens in spring 2018, said Steve Shiparski, site manager for Valfilm, 3441 N. Main St.
The number of additional workers connected with the building addition will eventually grow to 20 to 30 workers, he said.
Valfilm currently employs 101 in Findlay and has 139,000 square feet of building space at the former Dow Chemical Co. site.
“We’re looking to expand our product lines into some more food packaging,” Shiparski said. “Our demand has been very high. So, we’re looking at using this facility to spearhead the next phase of growth in that market.”
Findlay City Planning Commission on Thursday approved plans for the 48,300-square-foot expansion.
In addition, Valfilm has moved its North America headquarters from California to Findlay.
The move will bring at least five additional workers to the Findlay plant, Shiparski said.
Besides food packaging, Valfilm makes film for tier 2 and tier 3 auto suppliers.
“A lot of our product goes into the interiors of the automobiles,” he said.
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