Jones Plastic expanding in Tennessee, adding 52 jobs

18 January 2017

Custom injection molder Jones Plastic & Engineering Co. Ltd. plans to expand its Camden, Tenn., production plant.

Jones will invest $4.5 million in the project, which is expected to create 52 new jobs. The company indicated in a news release that the expansion is designed to meet growing demand and make room for more equipment. It is the second expansion of the site in four years.

“The last 20 years have been exceptional and the company intends on helping this community in future endeavors,” said plant manager Eric Hicks.

Jones Plastic lists on its website 26 injection molding machines in Camden with clamp forces of 65 to 950 tons. The operation’s technologies include gas assist, over molding, insert molding, thin-wall molding and in-mold decorating.

Jones Plastic runs three injection molding plants in the United States and two in Mexico. It also has a subsidiary, Rev-A-Shelf, in Louisville, Ky., that produces proprietary residential cabinet storage and organization products. Lazy Susan is a well-known brand of Rev-A-Shelf, established in 1978. The Louisville facility employs about 250. Rev-A-Shelf has satellite locations in Europe and Asia. Rev-A-Shelf entered the European market in 2013 by acquiring Widmer GmbH of Altach, Austria.

Plastics News data pegs Jones Plastic’s North American injection molding sales at an estimated $230 million for 2015. Major markets are appliances, outdoor products, medical supplies, electronics and automotive.

“The manufacturing sector is on the rise in Tennessee with over 45,400 new manufacturing jobs since 2010, and it means a great deal that Jones Plastic will continue to add new jobs to this sector,” said Randy Boyd, commissioner for the Tennessee Dept. of Economic and Community Development, in a news release.

Jones Plastic was founded in 1961 by Harry and Larry Jones. The initial business of molding caps for whiskey bottles evolved into a company that is a major supplier in the appliance and automotive sectors. It was a pioneer in gas-assist and high-speed molding in the 1990s. It now counts some 2,400 employees worldwide in facilities totaling about 1 million square feet.