Oklahoma Department of Commerce (Commerce) officials attended ribbon cutting and open house for GF Central Plastics expansion and newly completed innovation center last week.
The company has created 600 jobs to date and expanded to a new 500,000-square-foot facility this year. The expansion added 25,000 square feet of warehouse facility and a new learning complex for its current and future employees.
“We’re pretty proud of this place,” said GF Central Plastics President and Managing Director Mark Smith.
Georg Fischer — a $3.5 billion organization — acquired Central Plastics in 2008. The Shawnee site is one of the largest manufacturers in the area. The company has since invested $10 million in infrastructure in the last couple years and intends to invest another $5 million in coming years.
The company provides metal and plastic pipes for gas lines, aquariums, waterparks and a variety of other companies all over the all over the world.
“Every year we continue to add technical and engineering types of positions,” Smith said.
In addition the company also has installed more than 25 robots that aide in production efficiency.
The company’s testing center is impressive. Besides new product testing, they continue to test existing equipment of their own to ensure product quality and even perform product testing for outside companies. We got a demonstration of a stress pressure check that showed off their 176-degree water tank that tests heat and pressure capabilities of pipes.
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