Laura Walls from Marshall County Economic Development Corporation appeared before the Marshall County Commissioners on May 16th to highlight some of the growth happening in the county.
She spoke of the groundbreaking for a 40,000-square-foot facility that PIDCO is constructing for Plymouth Molding Group. They have outgrown their current location and the new facility will offer the opportunity for additional expansion. The initial construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year
Walls said there are four large expansion projects, with a couple of them being competitive in the county. This means they are competing for the capital investment dollars with other facilities in their company. She said, “What we are starting to see with this labor issue, companies are looking to move to automation for the jobs that are especially difficult to fill or unpleasant to do. Companies are looking for robots and automation to do those jobs for them which leads to large capital investment but not necessarily a lot of job creation. The jobs that are created from this automation are higher-skilled and higher-paying.”