Hoosier State sees growth in manufacturing, plastics industries

A large part of the manufacturing industry involves plastics, and hiring in that sector is on the rise in some areas of the country.

DeKalb Molded Plastics Co. recently announced in a press release that it would be expanding its operations in Butler, Indiana, creating about 20 jobs over the next few years.

"We have proven we can survive during the tough economic times and have readied the company for expansion as recovery occurs," DeKalb president Rick Walters said. "We continue to invest in our people, as well as our equipment and facility. We're excited for that growth here in Butler."

Specifically, the company will spend more than $1.2 million on storage space and a new molding press. Once the press is operational later this year, new employees will be added.

DeKalb wasn't the only plastic/manufacturing company adding jobs in Indiana, however.

The state's Department of Workforce Development said that Indiana's unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in March, down form 8.8 percent in February, largely because of increases in manufacturing jobs, reports the Indianapolis Star.