UPDATE: Marion lands 340 plastics jobs

TriEnda LLC plans to fill part of the former Thomson Consumer Electronics plant in Marion with 340 workers within four years, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced yesterday.

The Portage, Wis., company, which makes plastic packaging, intends to invest $20 million in the former television picture tube plant, which was closed in 2004. It will occupy 200,000 square feet of the 1 million-square-foot site.

TriEnda makes thermoformed plastic pallets, trays and products for materials handling and packaging.

The state offered as much as $1.85 million in performance-based tax credits, $130,000 in training grants and $325,000 in improved railroad access.

The plant has come to symbolize the decline of obsolete manufacturing operations in the state. Having once employed 2,800, the Thomson facility had just 900 on its payroll when it closed.

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