Mitsubishi Polyester Films Celebrates 50th Anniversary
October 15, 2014
GREER, SC—Mitsubishi Polyester Film Inc. marked its 50th anniversary with a commemorative ceremony at its Upstate South Carolina film plant that began in 1964 as a project to transfer a film plant in Dumfries, Scotland into a Celanese plant in the Carolinas.
Site selection was the project team’s first task and after reviewing several communities, Greer was chosen because of the availability of well-trained employees, a strong technical education system, transportation infrastructure, proximity to other Celanese plants and the overall quality of life in the area.
The plant was announced in June 1963 with construction beginning later that year. Hiring began in 1964 and about 100 employees were on site to start the 95,000-square-foot plant with two production lines. The first roll of polyester film was produced on November 5, 1964.
Today the plant employs more than 600 in a one-million-square-foot facility with a total of 11 production lines manufacturing films and polymers on 190 acres.
“Constantly innovating has been and will continue to be the key to the success of our business in Greer. By keeping abreast of the changing market trends and then introducing new innovative products for new emerging applications, we have been able to adjust and prosper in an ever changing global market,” said Chief Executive Officer Dennis Trice.
“It is rare in the US these days for a company to manufacture the same product in the same location for more than 50 years,” said President Chief Operating Officer Bill Radlein. “With our technology and the skill of our people, we always have opportunities to differentiate and bring value to our customers. And the support we receive from the Greer community and the state of South Carolina provides us with the advantages to compete in a global environment. Mitsubishi is committed to the plant in Greer.”
Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc. is an Americas’ affiliate of Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. and offers a wide array of polyester films for existing markets such as industrial labels and liners, flexible packaging, and also for many of today’s new emerging markets in energy and electronics. Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. has additional polyester film assets in Germany, Japan, Indonesia and China. Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc., the parent company of Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc., manufactures and sells various high performance products and services including functional films, electronics materials, industrial and construction materials. Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. is part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holding Corporation, one of the largest chemical companies worldwide with annual revenues exceeding $40 billion.
Contact: Rose Marchek
Human Resources Director