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Thursday, November 08, 2018 8:50 pm

Paper straw maker plans to add 100 jobs

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

A paper straw manufacturer that changed ownership this summer plans to add more than 100 jobs.

Aardvark Straws also announced it will locate its new facility at 7310 Innovation Boulevard. The plant should be operating in February, according to a news release late this afternoon.

Thursday's jobs announcement is in line with projections the company made in early August, saying it could potentially more than double its workforce of about 60.

The company plans a job fair Nov. 29 to identify job candidates.

Hoffmaster Group Inc., based in Wisconsin, announced three months ago that it had acquired Aardvark, which is based in Fort Wayne. Aardvark, which has been leasing space in International Park, manufactures paper straws and demand has increased amid growing environmental concerns.

"Since the acquisition, Hoffmaster has been pursuing a six-nine month expansion plan to aggressively ramp up Aardvark’s manufacturing capacity given the skyrocketing demand for viable plastic straw alternatives from cities who have banned plastic straws, restaurants that are switching from plastic straws to paper straws, and more," Aardvark said in a news release.

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