Clinton plastics company plans to expand, add jobs

Clinton plastics company plans to expand, add jobs

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Omega Plastics is expanding its corporate headquarters in Clinton, investing $8.2 million and hiring 80 new workers. Omega Plastics is expanding its corporate headquarters in Clinton, investing $8.2 million and hiring 80 new workers.
"I'm hoping for more foot traffic," the owner of Collectabily's in Clinton, Gina Alazawi, said. "I'm hoping just for more people to come down here and check us out and see what we have to offer." "I'm hoping for more foot traffic," the owner of Collectabily's in Clinton, Gina Alazawi, said. "I'm hoping just for more people to come down here and check us out and see what we have to offer."

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - An Anderson County plastics manufacturer announced Wednesday plans to expand and add new jobs to their workforce.

Omega Plastics is expanding its corporate headquarters in Clinton, investing $8.2 million and hiring 80 new workers.

"The support we have received from the city of Clinton, Anderson County, TVA, Clinton Utilities Board and the state of Tennessee has been amazing," CEO Stephen J. Redwine said.  "All of these entities consistently demonstrate that they want businesses in the community and do everything possible to create a business friendly environment.

The company focuses on plastics extrusion molding for prototype and low-volume production, with clients in the medical, consumer packaging, automotive, and security and safety productions industries.

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said the state's help with the company made the region more business-friendly and, in part, played a role in the company's decision to expand in East Tennessee.

"The state of Tennessee was a big factor with them going ahead in this expansion,' Frank said. "TVA and the state of Tennessee worked closely with Omega Plastics. They provided some infrastructure help, some training assistance."

Clinton business owners told 6 News they are looking forward to the expansion, because it could bring in more customers for existing businesses, further stimulating the local economy.

"I'm hoping for more foot traffic," the owner of Collectabily's in Clinton, Gina Alazawi, said. "I'm hoping just for more people to come down here and check us out and see what we have to offer."

For more information on how to apply to Omega Plastics, go their website.

The announcement comes after a national collection agency in Blount County announced its own expansion.

Windham Professionals in the Tyson Centre building in Alcoa is adding 150 jobs.

The company opened in 2011 and hired 125 people.

Alcoa residents said the area needs the jobs in order to keep local youth from leaving in search of new employment.

"We need jobs in Blount County, Alcoa and the Maryville community, because we don't want our children to have to leave the county after they get through college or after they get through their education," Julie Rochelle said.

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