Dart Container Corporation started out in Mason, Michigan, almost 60 years ago, and now aims to honor its legacy in the state by adding engineering jobs through the establishment of a new facility.
According to Fox 47 News, the packaging business will construct a 250,000-square-foot technical and innovation center in the next few years. Dart estimated that it would create at least 136 positions in engineering and skilled trade, and plans to invest $40 million in the project.
Most of the facility - 170,000 square feet of its area - is slated as space in which engineers and other Dart employees will brainstorm ideas and construct prototypes of new cups and other food packaging. Additionally, the project aims to strengthen the company's existing tooling and manufacturing capabilities by adding 115,000 square feet of space to the existing 215,000-square-foot facilities.
Jim Lammers, president of Dart Container, cited the company's Michigan ties when discussing the plans.
"We remain committed to mid-Michigan because we can attract and retain employees with diverse skills and strong work ethics," Lammers told Fox 47.
More broadly, engineering in the U.S. has seen modest growth in recent months. According to TechServe Alliance, the field's employment rose 0.2 percent in June 2017, and this also constitutes a 1.3 percent year-over-year uptick.