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Agri-Plastics officially expanding to Sidney, Gov. Ricketts tours Lukjan

SIDNEY, Neb. -  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts came to Sidney Thursday to tour Lukjan Metal Products in honor of manufacturing month, and to officially announce the expansion of another company coming to Sidney.

Ontario-based Agri-Plastics will be opening their first American production facility to begin operations by early 2018. Established in 1995, the company manufactures calf hutches and plastic products to support North America’s dairy industry. Agri-Plastics plans to hire more than 20 employees next month in the Sidney location for manufacturing and production jobs.  

“Building Nebraska’s international profile is helping grow our state by attracting new investments in key industries like agriculture and manufacturing,” said Governor Ricketts. “During my discussion with Agri-Plastics’ CEO and President Darren VanBuuren in Canada, I had a unique opportunity to promote Nebraska’s skilled workforce, prime interstate access, and viable infrastructure as an ideal place to support their continued growth. We are excited the company chose Sidney for its first-ever production facility in the United States.”

A $4.5 million investment in the project will include the purchase of 159,000 square feet of Lukjan’s 359,000 square foot building, as well as new equipment for Agri-Plastics’ Sidney plant.

Agri-Plastics is currently working with DED officials to complete a Site and Building Development Fund application for acquisition of the Sidney location, and is also applying for the state’s economic incentives program, Nebraska Advantage. In addition, city officials are working with the company to assist in project development through Sidney’s LB840 fund, which collects local taxes for economic growth.

Governor's tour of Lukjan

 

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