Plastics & Rubber Products

Marshall County has a strong base and history in the manufacturing of plastics and rubber products including gaskets, packing, and sealing device products.   
 
With over one-third of the Marshall County's workforce employed in various manufacturing sectors, a large established workforce exists whose training, knowledge, and experience have led to careers in plastics and rubber manufacturing. Marshall County's educated workforce, together with low labor costs, low property taxes, access to markets, excellent transportation links, and a pro-business climate with good labor management relations, are positive factors that give Marshall County a competitive advantage for existing and potential businesses in this sector. 
 
Marshall County businesses in this sector specialize in manufacturing tires, automotive seals and trim, plastics packaging materials, fiberglass showers and tubs, plastics bottles and containers, waste water products including polyethylene and fiberglass sump and sewage basins, and vinyl covered foam products for medical purposes.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), there were 17 businesses in the plastics and rubber manufacturing sector in 2017. Below is a listing of major employers in this sector:
 
Major Employers in Plastics and Rubber Manufacturing
ProductEstimated Full Time Employees
Nishikawa Cooper, LLC (Nisco)
Automotive Rubber Seal & Trim
395
Hoosier Racing TireTires368
OasisFiberglass Tubs & Showers282
Digger Specialties
Polyvinyl & Aluminum Fence, Railing, and Decking
275
Charleston Corporation
Fiberglass & Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Automotive Industries
225
Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
Protective Packaging
170
Better Way Products
Fiberglass Components for RV & Marine Industries
150
Maax US Corporation
Fiberglass Tubs & Showers140
A K Industries, Inc.
Fiberglass & Poly Products for Wastewater Industry
125
Bremen Composites Fiberglass & Plastics Components for RV, Marine & Automotive Industries
 
103
LaSalle Bristol
Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Residential Industries
70
Creative Foam Foam Products for Medical Industry
59
  Source: MCEDC Database - 2017
 
The following table shows the top five occupations within the plastics and rubber sector and the average annual wages. These occupations total approximately 32% of all occupations within this sector. 
 
Plastics and Rubber Manufacturing Top Occupations
Average Annual Wages* - May 2017
Molding, coremaking, and casting, machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
$35,370
Assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers
$30,830
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
$37,190
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
$53,610
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
$39,380
            Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
            * The data is for the northern Indiana area non-metropolitan area, which includes
            Marshall County. 
 
According to 2017 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in this sector is 1,793 with an average annual wage of $41,039.