Film manufacturer MonoSol has broken ground on its fourth plant in Indiana, USA, as the company seeks to enhance its proximity to its customer base.

Located in Lebanon, the $72 million, 150,000 sq ft production facility is MonoSol’s sixth manufacturing plant in total. The company, which is part of Japan-based Kuraray Group, makes water-soluble polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) films for single-unit-dose laundry and dishwasher detergents, personal care, food ingredients and agriculture products, as well as films that are used to improve the manufacturing process.

The facility is expected to employ up to 90 workers when it is completed in late 2020. MonoSol employs nearly 600 workers at its three plants and headquarters in Indiana. The company also makes water-soluble films in the UK and Japan.

Rollie Helming, senior vice president of global industry and trade at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, said during the official groundbreaking ceremony in Lebanon: “Indiana and Japan share a strong relationship because of companies like MonoSol and its parent company, Kuraray Group. We are grateful for their continued commitment to Indiana and look forward to the new, quality jobs they will create in Boone County.”