Plastics operation taking shape in Jackson County

MILLWOOD – A new plastics manufacturing company in Millwood is expected to be operational by this fall, the head of the Jackson County Development Authority said.

Technology Plastics LLC, which will be at the same faciltiy as Star Plastics on Jack Burlingame Road, will manufacture plastic lids for commercial-sized metal waste bins, said Mark Whitley, executive director of the Jackson County Development Authority.

“They are looking to be making lids for bins across the U.S.,” Whitley said Monday.

The company is being started by Doug Ritchie, who founded Star Plastics in 1988.

“(Ritchie) is planning to start setting up in March,” Whitley said. “He would like to be in operation by September 2014.”

The state Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a notice of intent to approve the company’s air quality permit.

The company will use recycled plastic, purchased from Star Plastics, for the production of the lids.

“Instead of shipping this plastic out of state, they will be using it here,” Whitley said.

Ritchie said the company is a small start-up, which will be working with Star, which processes recycled plastics.

“It is a good fit,” Ritchie said. “They have a good position on materials.”

Technology Plastics LLC will initially utilize unused space at Star Plastics with plans to eventually expand into its own facility sometime in the future, Whitley said.

The company will initially employ 15 people.

“They hope to be able to grow from that,” Whitley said.

Ritchie said Star Plastics will initially promote people to Technology Plastics and replace the workforce as needed.

Whitley believes the company has the potential to grow and thrive in the area.

Star Plastics is a major employer in the area, employing 110-115 people, he said.

“They are a great corporate citizen,” Whitley said. “We are very excited to have this here in the county.”

Ritchie said for the time being the company will concentrate on making the lids and making them well.

“We do anticipate other products in the future,” he said.

He said he could not discuss yet what those might be.

“We are excited to be making products in West Virginia and putting our people to work,” Ritchie said.