MonoSol, a leader in water-soluble films, will open a new $95-million state-of-the-art production plant in Portage, Indiana on April 19, 2016. The plant, the DuneLand Facility, expects to expand the company’s capacity by 15 percent to meet increasing global demand for water-soluble films and unit-dose packaging.

“Our business is growing. There are huge opportunities for unit-dose laundry and automatic dishwasher detergents in developed and emerging markets around the world. By partnering with customers to drive innovation, we help develop new consumer and industrial applications while improving established products,” says P. Scott Bening, MonoSol president and CEO, division head of the Kuraray WS Film Division. “Our DuneLand Facility features the latest technology to produce the next generation of water-soluble films and deliver the best quality and performance.”

MonoSol serves its global customer base with 8 locations on 3 continents. At DuneLand, one manufacturing line is starting up in 2016, with full-capacity production expected in 2017. A second manufacturing line will be added by 2020. To support continuous 24/7 operation on the two lines, MonoSol will hire more than 150 line operators, maintenance personnel, electricians and mechanics.

At the opening ceremony, Bening will be joined on stage by Mr. Masaaki Ito, the president of MonoSol’s parent company, Kuraray, as well as Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Portage Mayor James Snyder. Reflecting Kuraray’s heritage, the event will include Japanese traditions.

“Before selecting the DuneLand site, we researched locations around the world. It became evident that none could match Northwest Indiana given our confidence in the workforce, the abundant natural resources, our established relationships with service providers and the support we received from the State of Indiana and the City of Portage,” adds Bening. “Our DuneLand Facility taps into our deep roots in Northwest Indiana to expand the MonoSol organization. We are proud to be a part of this community and part of the Kuraray Group.”