FOSTORIA A Washington-based company said it plans to expand operations to Fostoria, adding a number of new jobs to the area.
Inland Tarp and Liner LLC, headquartered in Moses Lake, Wash., is to open a 192,00-square-foot facility in Fostoria, which is to enable the company to service most of its customers in the Eastern U.S. in a timely manner.
"We view this expansion as a necessary step in meeting the growing delivery and production demand of our customer base," President Glen Knopp said in a news release. "(It) should provide a significant opportunity for new customers looking for a reliable supplier of high quality tarps and liners."
Ron MacKenzie, eastern operations manager, is to oversee production.
"It was a good opportunity with the plant," MacKenzie said. "We were looking to expand to the Midwest and Fostoria was one of 10 or 11 places we were looking at."
According to a news release, Inland is a "recognized leader" for the production and supply of hay tarps, pond liners, building covers and products for agriculture, commercial and industrial needs.
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Inland plans to hire more than 30 employees for one shift, with a goal of hiring about 50 people and expanding to two shifts in coming years.
MacKenzie said the anticipated start-up date for production and hiring is March 1, and he expects to be at full production by the end of March.