Good news for Sidney: Canadian plastics company to open 1st U.S. facility in Nebraska

Ontario, Canada-based Agri-Plastics will open its first U.S. facility in Sidney, Nebraska, next year.

The company plans to hire more than 20 employees next month in Sidney for manufacturing and production jobs. The company manufactures calf hutches, which house dairy calves that have been weaned, and plastic products for the dairy industry.

State and local leaders have been focused on recruiting new businesses to Sidney since Bass Pro Shops said last year it would buy Cabela’s, which had its headquarters there. Bass Pro finalized its purchase of Cabela’s last month, but it’s still unclear what will happen to operations there. A Bass Pro spokesman did not respond to questions about what would happen to the Cabela’s operation in Sidney.

The company will take over part of the building formerly occupied by wiring plant CommScope, which closed last year, and invest $4.5 million into the project. Part of the building already is used by Lukjan Metal Products, which was recruited to Sidney this year.

Gov. Pete Ricketts met with Agri-Plastics corporate leaders during Nebraska’s first trade mission to Canada in August.

The company is in the process of applying for the state’s economic incentives package and incentives from the Site and Building Development Fund. Agri-Plastics cited Sidney’s arid climate — ideal for plastics production — plus access to Interstate 80 and a quality workforce as factors that ultimately won Sidney the plant.

Agri-Plastics President and Chief Executive Darren VanBuuren said the company had been looking to open a facility near emerging dairy markets in the mountain states and the southwest.

“While we considered growing our company in these other states, accessibility to Nebraska’s strong economic development programs and opportunities to build our workforce in Sidney are in line with our company’s goals for growth,” he said in a statement.

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