MAKROchem, a supplier of carbon black for the rubber and tire industry, is investing $7.5 million in its first U.S. distribution facility, creating 20 jobs in Lancaster.
MAKROchem, headquartered in Lublin, Poland, southwest of Warsaw, is a leading supplier of carbon black, a reinforcing filler in tires and other rubber products. With more than 20 years of commercial experience, the company also provides comprehensive logistics services, including transfer, warehousing and delivery.
The company has bought a building at 2013 W. Meeting St. The 183,000-square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational this year, with hiring starting in May.
“MAKROchem is excited to bring specialized, value-added distribution and other customized services to the tire and rubber industries in this region and throughout North America,” said Jacek Niemczyk, projector coordinator for MAKROchem North America.
The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $50,000 grant to Lancaster County to assist with the cost of property improvements related to the project.
“We are very pleased to welcome MAKROchem to Lancaster County,” County Council Chairman Bob Bundy said. “This is a perfect example of how all counties in the area benefit from the successes within the region.”
South Carolina is the leading exporter of tires in the United States, with 10 manufacturing plants producing more than 84,000 tires a day. The MAKROchem plant could be a supplier for the Giti Tire plant being built in Richburg, a company spokesman said.
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