A California-based plastics company is opening a packaging and shipping facility on the Georgia coast that officials say will be one of the largest exporters using the Port of Savannah.
Gov. Brian Kemp visited the port Wednesday to announce that Plastic Express plans to invest $172 million and create more than 160 jobs in the Savannah area.
The company hopes to open the new location in October.
Plastic Express CEO Ray Hufnagel said the company will use Savannah to export each year about 25,000 shipping containers filled with resins used to make plastic pipe and other construction materials.
Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, said that’s enough cargo to fill four ships and will make Plastic Express one of the port’s five largest exporters.