MonoSol LLC will hold a grand opening ceremony this month on its $95 million plant in Portage. The Merrillville-based company says the DuneLand Facility will boost manufacturing capacity by 15 percent amid a global increase in demand for its water-soluble films that are used in such products as dishwasher detergent pods.
MonoSol’s films are also made into laundry soap pods, mold release technology for solid and composite materials and agricultural chemical applications. The company is also developing films for the personal care, food ingredient, water treatment and oil and gas industries.
Chief Executive Officer Scott Bening "our business is growing. There are huge opportunities for unit-dose laundry and automatic dishwasher detergents in developed and emerging markets around the world. By partnering with customers to drive innovation, we help develop new consumer and industrial applications while improving established products. Our DuneLand Facility features the latest technology to produce the next generation of water-soluble films and deliver the best quality and performance."
The company expects to reach full production capacity at the Porter County operation next year. The plant could employ more than 150 people. MonoSol’s parent company, Kuraray is based in Japan. Its President, Masaaki Ito will be among the dignitaries on-hand for the April 19th opening ceremonies.