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Manner Polymers to open new plant it says will be world’s most sustainable such site

Manner Polymers announced that it is investing $54 million to open a new manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Illinois, that will be powered by solar energy generated on-site and create 60 new jobs.

A press release said that the facility has been designed to provide the highest levels of product consistency coupled with low cost and unparalleled supply reliability, powered by a 15-acre solar field located on site. Production is expected to commence in the fall of 2025. Once in full operation, the new plant will increase the company’s production capacity by 100 million pounds, further strengthening its domestic supply chain.

“Not only will we incorporate best in class manufacturing technology, but we will also produce substantially all of the electricity that we use,” said Manner Polymers CEO Raj Bhargava. “Our objective is to build the lowest-cost, highest-quality, most environmentally sustainable flexible PVC compounding plant in the world. This will be a transformational plant. It will have industry-leading capabilities coupled with a clean energy footprint.”

Among those who attended the announcement was Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who lauded the decision. “I couldn’t be prouder that Manner Polymers has selected Illinois for their state-of-the-art 80,000 square foot, 100% solar-powered facility.”

Manner Polymers selected Illinois to locate its solar-powered facility after considering locations in Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Manner Polymers, based in McKinney, Texas, notes that the company has increased its footprint to become one of the largest flexible PVC compounders in North America since its inception in California more than 60 years ago. The business manufactures custom, specialty and commodity compounds to support customers in a broad range of markets, including building and construction, industrial and commercial, automotive and transportation, consumer products, appliance and electric, agriculture, telecommunications and medical.

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