Solo Cup announced it will be increasing production at its two Georgia plants following the closing of three of their other manufacturing facilities.
The Conyers Solo Cup plant will pick up production volume in plastics thermoforming including cups,bowls and containers from two of the closing plants. Both Georgia plants will be adding new jobs over the next 12 -24 months because of the increased production requirements. New job increases will be between 10-15% according to a Solo Cup representative. The Conyers Solo Cup plant currently employs about 460 employees with the company’s distribution facility in Social Circle employing about 64.
Glenn Sears, executive director of the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development
Council, stated that much of the credit goes to the local plant’s management team – Craig Boehringer, Plant Manager and Director Lisa Phillips, Human Resources.
“Based on my corporate experience, this is one of the best performing Solo Cup plants in the country, so this is not a surprise,” Sears said. “Solo Cup is a vital and valued member of this community.”
Sears also credits the company’s participation in the Georgia Work Ready Program as another positive for plant efficiency. Georgia Work Ready is an initiative by Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia’s workforce and drive future economic growth
for the state. Solo Cup was named Work Ready Business of the Year in 2008, the first year the local plant participated in the program.
The Conyer’s plant has undergone some retooling in recent years to manufacture different products as part of Solo Cup’s overall strategy to upgrade its manufacturing. Solo Cup has invested approximately $150 million over the past two years to upgrade manufacturing assets and increase the efficiency of their operations.