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GW Plastics To Add 70 Jobs In Central Vermont

GW Plastics, based in Bethel, says it will add more than 70 new jobs in Central Vermont.

The company produces precision injection molded products for a variety of industries, but its work manufacturing medical devices is fueling the expansion, which the company estimates will cost $10 million. 

“The medical industry is the largest market that we serve in our company. The fact is, we find ourselves out of space in Vermont. We had to make a decision to expand, whether it was in Vermont, one of our other locations or perhaps a new location,” says GW Plastics CEO Brenan Riehl.

Riehl says the state courted the company, offering it incentives to expand a facility in Royalton.

Gov. Peter Shumlin is recommending the company be awarded $500,000 in state funds from the Vermont Enterprise Fund. In addition, GW Plastics will receive money under the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program.  

Riehl says the incentives plus the company’s history in Vermont helped tip the scales toward expanding here instead of one of the other states where it has facilities.

“The costs of our expansion with respect to real estate and capital are going to be very substantial, far more substantial than the incentives, but the incentives are meaningful,” he says.

GW Plastics currently employees more than 300 people in Vermont and has 1,000 employees worldwide.

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.
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