Manner Polymers to open a new manufacturing facility powered by solar energy generated on-site; company to invest $54 million and create 60 new jobs in Mount Vernon, IL.
MCKINNEY, TX – Raj Bhargava (CEO of Manner Polymers), JB Pritzker (Governor of Illinois) and the Illinois Department and Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today joined local leaders and partners to announce Manner Polymers’ new manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Manner Polymers is a manufacturer of plastic compounds. The company serves a broad range of markets including automotive, appliance, construction, telecommunications, industrial, medical and agriculture. The new facility will be powered by a 15-acre solar field located on site. Manner Polymers plans to invest $54 million and create more than 60 jobs for the Southern Illinois region.
“I couldn’t be prouder that Manner Polymers has selected Illinois for their state-of-the-art 80,000 square foot, 100% solar-powered facility.” said Governor JB Pritzker.
The facility has been designed with a focus on automation and redundancy. This will support the company’s mission of providing the highest levels of product consistency coupled with low cost and unparalleled supply reliability. Production is expected to commence in the summer of 2025. Once in full operation, the new facility will increase the company’s production capacity by 100 million pounds – further strengthening the domestic supply chain for a litany of industries.
“Not only will we incorporate best in class manufacturing technology, but we will also produce substantially all of the electricity that we use,” said CEO of Manner Polymers, Raj Bhargava. “Our objective is to build the lowest cost, highest quality, most environmentally sustainable flexible PVC compounding plant in the world. This will be a transformational plant. It will have industry leading capabilities coupled with a clean energy footprint.”
With competitive incentives through Illinois, unmatched infrastructure, and access to markets, as well as an abundant and qualified workforce, Manner Polymers selected Illinois to locate its solar-powered facility after considering locations in Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
“Jefferson County and Illinois beat out some tough competitors to win this project,” said Intersect Illinois CEO Dan Seals. “We are pleased to welcome Manner Polymers’ transformational manufacturing facility to our state.”