German film manufacturer RKW is investing $18.8 million USD at its US production site in Franklin, Kentucky.
The expansion plans include the construction of a new 30,000 sq ft manufacturing and warehouse facility and investments in new, state-of-the-art equipment. The investment will enable the expansion of the site to further RKW’s portfolio available to the North American market.
The investment will also create 30 new full-time jobs. RKW North America is to invest in comprehensive training for new employees. Today, RKW North America employs about 100 people.
Kenneth Budlong, general manager at RKW North America, commented: ‘Not only will this investment allow RKW North America to tap into new markets, it will also create new job opportunities and therefore strengthen the economy of the Franklin area.’
RKW Group is an independent, family-owned company headquartered in Frankenthal, Germany. RKW specializes in the areas of hygiene and agricultural films, films for the beverage industry and packaging for powdery goods. In addition, the company makes films and nonwovens for medical applications, for the chemical and converting industries as well as for the construction sector.
Since 2010, RKW North America has been a part of the RKW Group, focusing on the production of high-performance technical films. The plant's production capacities were expanded in 2006 through the addition of multilayer extrusion technology to complement the product range. In 2012, RKW further increased its presence in the North American market by adding new capacity for the production of films for absorbent hygiene products.