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Hartmann US selects Rolla for first US manufacturing site.

Jan 26

The Rolla Regional Economic Commission (R.R.E.C.) announced today the company with which they have been working since early fall, under the name of Project Sesame, has made the decision to locate their first U.S. manufacturing plant in Rolla, Missouri. The Danish manufacturing company Brodrene Hartmann A/S, which will operate under the name of Hartmann US, will locate in the Hy Point Industrial Park in the 334,000 sq. ft. building formerly occupied by Briggs and Stratton.  Hartmann US will invest $30 million in the new facility and create 50 jobs, with follow-up investment and job creation potentially doubling in six years.

Hartmann plans to begin hiring in the summer of 2016 and commence operations early 2017.

Rolla’s mayor, Louis J. Magdits IV commented, “On behalf of the Rolla community I would like to thank Hartmann US for having the confidence to develop their first US plant in the City of Rolla.  We are so pleased with the cooperation shown by everyone including Hartmann, RREC, Phelps County, RMU and the Rolla City Council.  Job creation and capital investment are keys to the continued growth of our community, and we look forward to many years of economic success with Hartmann US.” 

Brodrene Hartmann is the world’s leading manufacturer of molded-fiber egg packaging, the market leader in the production of fruit packaging in South America, and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of machinery for producing molded-fiber packaging.

The new Missouri operations will produce sustainably-made, molded-fiber egg cartons for the U.S. market.  Cartons will be made of 100 percent recycled newspaper sourced from the Midwest and distributed nationally.

Missouri beat out five competing Midwest states for Hartmann’s U.S. expansion due to Missouri’s strengths in advance manufacturing, central access to major transportation routes, competitive workforce and Missouri’s competitive operating cost environment on a relative national basis.

"We have been in close dialog with state and regional representatives, and we are pleased with the constructive approach to meeting our needs and laying a foundation for a long-standing cooperation,” said Ulrik Kolding Hartvig, CEO of Brodrene Hartmann. “Our current activities in Brantford, Canada, have contributed significantly to Hartmann's growth and profitability in recent years, and with a new factory in Rolla, Missouri, we want to continue positive development. By increasing production capacity and presence in North America, we will gain access to a larger share of the market and have a solid foundation for expanding the business.”

“The State of Missouri, the Missouri Partnership, and the R.R.E.C. were excellent partners in the location strategy and final decision-making process,” said Gerry Lavis, President of Hartmann North America. “The location of the facility in Central Missouri provides Hartmann with improved transportation access to customers across the country from the I-44 corridor and intermodal rail connections in St. Louis and Kansas City, plus an excellent regional manufacturing workforce, and competitive business climate overall.”

In addition to the Missouri Governor’s office, the Missouri Partnership and the  R.R.E.C. Hartmann worked closely with its business and real estate advisors at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to conduct the site selection and transaction management.

Cyndra Lorey, Executive Director of the Rolla Regional Economic Commission agreed. The R.R.E.C.  has been committed to finding a company that would be the right fit for the facility at Hy Point as well as a good fit for our community. We are extremely pleased to say Hartmann US is that company.”  R.R.E.C. is the economic development organization funded by the city of Rolla and 24 additional members to represent the Phelps County region’s assets for the purpose of attracting industrial projects.

Copenhagen, Denmark-based Brodrene Hartmann won a 2014-2015 European Business Award for its efforts in environmental and corporate sustainability. The nearly 100-year old company employs 2,100 people globally, with operations in Europe, Israel, South America and Canada.

To assist Hartmann with its new Missouri-based operations, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation criteria.  Phelps County, the City of Rolla and Rolla Municipal Utilities also provided economic incentive packages based upon meeting job creation and power usage criteria.


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