Dart Container Corporation has announced plans to invest $40 million in a new technical and innovation center.
The company says the expansion will help it develop new and improved products. The project is expected to create at least 136 new jobs in the Lansing area. Most will be in engineering and skilled trades.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation gave Dart a $1 million grant from the Michigan Business Development Program to help pay for the project. Alaiedon Township is giving the company a tax abatement.
The project includes construction of a 250,000-square-foot facility on 38 acres in Alaiedon Township adjacent to Dart’s existing corporate campus in Mason.
The two-story technical and innovation center will feature 80,000 square feet for offices and 170,000 square feet devoted to the development and production of prototype packaging solutions.
Dart’s tooling and machine manufacturing operations will be expanded from 215,000 square feet to 330,000 square feet.
“We are excited that our continued growth has enabled us to invest another $40 million at our corporate headquarters in Mason and bring at least 136 new administrative, engineering, technology and skilled trade jobs to our region and state,” Dart Container President Jim Lammers said. “Our founders launched our company in Mason 57 years ago, and we remain committed to mid-Michigan because we can attract and retain employees with diverse skills and strong work ethics.”