New manufacturer with 70 jobs headed to Lima

By David Trinko -

LIMA — A food packaging manufacturer has its eyes set on Lima for a new production facility, which could bring 70 new jobs to the city.

deSter Corporation has an item before the Ohio Tax Credit Authority on Monday morning, which is expected to pass. Company officials didn’t return a request for comment Friday afternoon.

“They’re looking at a three- or four-phase approach,” said Jeff Sprague, executive director of Allen Economic Development Group. “They don’t currently have manufacturing in the state, so it’s basically a small startup to begin. As they grow and expand their market, they want to expand in Lima.”

The company makes specialized thermoformed and injected molded plastics for the food service industry. Its customers worldwide include fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway and numerous airlines, including Delta and American Airlines.

The manufacturing facility plans to open in the vacant Warehouse Associates facility on Kibby Street.

“The plans are to get up and running in there, and eventually do a build-to-suit, hopefully within one of our industrial parks here,” Sprague said.

deSter in an international company based out of Belgium, with offices in The Netherlands, Dubai, Hong Kong, Prachinburi and Bangkok. It also has a regional office and warehousing operation in Atlanta, according to its website.

By David Trinko

Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

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