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Rieke expanding Hamilton plant, plans to add up to 15 jobs by 2016; hiring now

Rieke Corp., a global manufacturer and distributor of specialty closure and dispensing systems, is investing $7.5 million in its Hamilton plant.

The company expects to add up to 15 jobs by 2016, the state announced Tuesday.

Rieke’s 73,360-square-foot Hamilton plant is at 2855 E. Bellefontaine Road. The investment to better equip the plant will allow the company to expand production capacity and capabilities. Rieke, headquartered in Auburn, is a subsidiary of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based TriMas Corp.

Company spokeswoman Mary Woodcock estimated that more than 40 of Rieke’s employees are in Hamilton and nearly 170 in Auburn.

Rieke, founded in 1921, employs about 1,400 internationally, serving industries including agricultural, food and beverage, household products, industrial and medical. The company’s closure and dispensing systems help customers store, transport, process and dispense products.

Rieke has already started hiring skilled maintenance associates, skilled plastic mold setters and assembly operators.

The average wage for all classifications with the skilled and unskilled positions is about $21.95 an hour, Woodcock said in an email. Interested applicants may apply online by going to the careers tab at www.riekepackaging.com.

“The quality of the Indiana workforce contributes to our success and is the overwhelming reason Rieke continues to headquarter our business in Indiana,” Rieke President Lynn Brooks said in a statement.

In September, Rieke received a 2013 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its commitment to reducing water and electric consumption, air emissions and landfill contribution.

Mary Vail, president of Hamilton Town Council, said in a statement that Rieke has been an asset to the community for 11 years and that the community looks forward to the company’s growth.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Rieke up to $150,000 in training grants, based on the company’s job creation plans. The incentives are performance-based, meaning that until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim the incentives.

The town of Hamilton approved additional tax abatements at the request of the Steuben County Economic Development Corp.

lisagreen@jg.net

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