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Konrady Plastics plans to hire 14 more workers after doubling its space to 49,000-square-feet in Portage.

The privately held manufacturer of machined plastic parts for factories will add 24,000 square feet onto its existing 25,000-square-foot facility. About 35 people already work at Konrady, which is also a local distributor of plastic sheet, rod and tube material.

Konrady Plastics will invest an estimated $3 million in its plant at 1780 Coppes Court during the next four years. State-of-the-art CNC machining equipment will be added. Konrady last expanded in 2010, when it did a 6,500-square-foot building expansion.

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Konrady machines custom parts for a variety of industries, including packaging, food processing, mining, pharmaceutical, agricultural, transportation and water treatment. The 35-year-old business plans to add more office, warehouse and manufacturing space.

"It is the strategic vision of the company to segregate into two business units, continuing its commitment to the distribution of plastic materials while increasing focus on the growth of the machined plastic parts division," the company stated in a news release.

The city of Portage is giving the company tax breaks over the next decade as an incentive for the investment.

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