FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A Butler County company has announced plans to expand its operations, which could see another 135 jobs created.
Stratus Plastics International, a producer of injection-molded parts for motor vehicles, appliances and consumer goods, will create 40 jobs while immediately expanding production at its Morgantown facility, with the potential for a total of 135 new positions in the years to come.
“We are continuing to build a better Kentucky and a stronger economy for our families, and Stratus Plastics’ growth in Butler County is a prime example of that,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “The significant increase in planned jobs since the company first announced this project demonstrates Kentucky’s strong support for manufacturers and our ability to help companies grow quickly. I appreciate the commitment of Stratus leaders to providing quality opportunities for Kentuckians.”
The number of new jobs expected to materialize at the facility in the coming years has greatly increased since August 2017, when company leaders first announced Stratus would locate a new manufacturing plant in Morgantown.
The operation, Stratus’ first in Kentucky, opened in 2017 at a 165,000-square-foot facility with molding and warehousing capabilities. Since then, Stratus has invested millions of dollars in the plant while creating opportunities for residents of South Central Kentucky. The privately held Canadian company currently employs 45 workers at the Morgantown location, which produces automotive, industrial and consumer products for customers in the U.S. Southeast and Midwest.
Because a major motor vehicle manufacturer awarded Stratus additional production lines, Stratus leaders are in the process of hiring 40 employees to expand production at the Morgantown facility and meet this heightened demand. The company anticipates making dozens more future hires as it continues to expand in Kentucky.
“Stratus Plastics is proud to be part of the Morgantown community,” said Dave Kondracki, Stratus Plastics Kentucky plant manager. “We strive to develop not only our plastic products in a variety of manufacturing applications, but also the people we employ in our community and connections throughout the state.”
Stratus, based in Windsor, Ontario, says they support multiple tier-one automotive suppliers and non-automotive customers as well.
The company’s Kentucky operation is one of more than 520 automotive-related facilities operating statewide, which combine to employ more than 110,000 Kentuckians full time. As the No. 1 producer of motor vehicles in the U.S. per capita, Kentucky supports hundreds of automotive suppliers in addition to four assembly plants. In 2020, despite the nationwide economic stagnation caused by the pandemic,
Kentucky’s automotive industry announced nearly 1,000 new jobs and roughly $257 million in planned investment.