Futamura USA moving production from Japan to Tecumseh, creating 28 new jobs

TOPEKA, Kan. — Futamura USA, after acquiring the cellophane business from Innovia Films, plans to increase the production in the Tecumseh facility by over 60 percent by moving production from Japan to Kansas.

The production increase will require Futamura USA to invest up to $30 million into the Topeka/Shawnee County community for infrastructure improvements, equipment and new manufacturing lines.

In addition, up to 28 new jobs will be created at its current facility, which combined provides an estimated economic impact of over more than $21 million to the community.

JEDO is very encouraged to have Futamura USA invest $30 million into the facility and equipment at the former Innovia Films Inc. plant,” said Commissioner Shelly Buhler, JEDO chair. “This investment, along with the 28 new jobs, will solidify the future of this facility in our community.”

“We would like to express our gratitude for your support. Our company’s policy is contributing to those nations and communities through the manufacture and use of our products,” said Gen Sato, president Futamura USA. “We stand on a principle that our company exists to enhance the daily lives of our employees, rather than one that exists and belongs to its shareholders.”

Read more of the story at GoTopeka Economic Partnership. Photo courtesy of Futamura USA.

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