deSter plans stateside plant for spring opening
deSter, announced today plans to open a new production facility this spring in Lima, Ohio.
“The development of a new production facility in Lima, Ohio is the result of a strategic exercise spanning well over a year and an integral part of the company’s global expansion strategy aiming to produce closer to its core markets,” said a release from the gategroup company. “Initially the Lima location will primarily focus on the production of service items for the foodservice and travel industry.”
In recent years, deSter has seen a growing interest from U.S. based companies looking to provide their customers with safe and secure products, said Stef Van de Perre, Managing Director deSter.
“In addition to strengthening our relationship with U.S. customers, there is also a very different side to the decision of developing a local plant in Ohio. We already have a global supply chain and mature production plants in Belgium and Thailand, which will provide a solid back-up during the start-up phase of the new Lima facility. However, as a company, we profoundly believe that good business should be good for people and gentle on the environment. Producing locally will therefore not only significantly contribute to reducing our carbon footprint, it will also provide a valuable economic injection within the Lima region as we expect to create seventy new jobs to start with,” Van de Perre added.
The new Lima plant will open as soon as all production lines have been installed and the necessary quality tests have been completed successfully. The aim is to be fully operational by the end of March 2018.