Revere Plastics hopes to add 25 jobs in Clyde

CLYDE A Clyde company is expected to break ground soon on a $10 million expansion that could cr
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010



A Clyde company is expected to break ground soon on a $10 million expansion that could create up to 25 new jobs.

Clyde city officials say Revere Plastics Systems, 401 Elm St., plans to add a 50,000-foot expansion and a substantial amount of new equipment.

The 442-employee company creates plastic components for washing machines made at Whirlpool in Clyde.

Whirlpool announced this year it will install a new line in 2010 that will make energy-efficient washers.

Rustin Shields, the plant's general manager, was mum on the expansion, which city officials started hinting at several weeks ago.

"I can't confirm anything of the information. This is very premature," Shields said Friday afternoon.

He said no deals have been made with the Ohio Department of Development, which has been asked to contribute to the project.

Clyde city manager Dan Weaver said he's been working with the company to lobby assistance from state leaders.

"We're fighting with the state right now for just a small contribution," Weaver said.

As it stands, the state could provide up to $125,000 toward the multi-million-dollar project.

Weaver said the expansion would help retain hundreds of jobs in addition to creating about two dozen more.

"(The company) could very easily have moved this project to Missouri or Canada where they have plants," Weaver said.

On a local level, the city plans to review a 10-year tax abatement for the company at Tuesday's city council meeting and help with its expanded electrical needs.

"It's good news for Clyde," Weaver said.

Calls made to the Sandusky County Improvement Corporation were not returned Friday afternoon.