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Cedar Rapids Plant Planning to Expand Building, Work Force

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A southwest Cedar Rapids company is planning to expand, adding a new product line and increasing employment.

American Profol Inc., 4333 C St. SW, manufactures polypropylene film for a variety of products and markets. The plant, which employs 83, began production in February 1993.

The Cedar Rapids City Council on Tuesday will consider a resolution authorizing submission of an Enterprise Zone Financial Assistance application for $615,400 in tax credits to the state for American Profol to expand its manufacturing facility. The local match for the state funding likely would be satisfied by a $10,000 five-year industrial property tax exemption.

According to a staff memo to the City Council, American Profol plans to invest $10.8 million to add machinery and equipment for a new product line and create additional six jobs paying an average annual starting salary of $51,480 plus benefits. The expansion is contingent on Iowa Department of Economic Development Board approval of the tax credits.

American Profol is a subsidiary of Profol Group in Halfing, Germany. The company operates four cast polypropylene extrusion facilities in Europe, the United States, and China with a combined annual production capacity of over 200 million pounds.