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 19 businesses in the plastics and rubber manufacturing sector in 2014.  Below is a listing of major employers in this sector, including the product manufactured and the estimated number of full time employees:
Major Employers in Plastics and Rubber Manufacturing with 50+ Employees
Nishikawa Standard Company, LLC
Automotive Rubber Seal & Trim
Hoosier Racing TireTires
Charleston CorporationFiberglass & Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Automotive Industries
Digger Specialties
Polyvinyl & Aluminum Fence, Railing, and Decking
Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
Protective Packaging
Better Way Products
Fiberglass Components for RV & Marine Industries
Maax US Corporation (Aker Plastic) Fiberglass Tubs & Showers
Fiberglass Tubs & Showers
A K Industries, Inc.
Fiberglass & Poly Products for Wastewater Industry
Bremen Composites Fiberglass & Plastics Components for RV, Marine & Automotive Industries
BPC Manufacturing Operations (Lasalle Bristol)
Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Residential Industries
Bremen Corporation - Creative Foam Foam Products for Medical Industry
  Source: MCEDC Database - Employment Numbers Updated October 2014
The following table shows the top five occupations within the plastics and rubber section and the average annual wages.  These occupations total approximately one-third of all occupations within this sector. 
Plastics and Rubber Manufacturing Top Occupations
Average Annual Wages* - May 2014
Molding, coremaking, and casting, machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
Team assemblers
First line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers
Packers and packages, hand
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
            Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
            * The data is for the northeast Indiana area non-metropolitan area, which includes
            Marshall County. 
According to 2014 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in this sector is 1,642 with an average annual wage of $36,533. At 25% of all the manufacturing jobs in the county, this is the second highest concentration of jobs in any manufacturing sector just behind metals manufacturing.