Ritrama, an Italian chemical company that makes pressure-sensitive adhesive materials, officially announced the details of its new investment in Spartanburg County in South Carolina. The company will invest a total of $85 million in its new 350,000-square-foot facility, and the project is expected to create 150 new jobs. The facility will also serve as Ritrama's North American headquarter and service all of the United States and Canada, and it will export a wide range of products to Central and South America. Company officials said the plant will be Ritrama's most modern and productive plant, utilising advanced robotics for logistics and packaging.
Grading began at the site of the new plant in December, and the facility is expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2017. Hiring for new positions will begin later this year.
"We at Ritrama are excited about expanding our North American manufacturing footprint in Moore, S.C.," Ritrama Group CEO Riccardo Rink said in a statement. "Both Spartanburg County and the State of South Carolina have been very supportive to work with during this process, and we are looking forward to being part of the community and bringing new jobs to our highly automated, state-of-the-art factory." Ritrama was founded in 1962 by Arnold Rink in Milan, and its first presence in the U.S. dates back to the early 1990s, when two factories in Cleveland and Minneapolis were established. Ritrama is now present in several countries around the world, including China, Chile, Guatemala, and Mexico.