Plastic Express to Expand Operations in Savannah, Georgia, Creating Jobs and Investment

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In a significant economic development announcement, Governor Brian P. Kemp revealed today that Plastic Express, a leading player in plastic resins shipping, is set to construct a second shipping facility in Savannah, Georgia. The new facility, to be located in the Rockingham Farms Industrial Park, is anticipated to generate approximately 200 new jobs and bring an $80 million investment to Chatham County.

Governor Kemp highlighted Georgia’s appeal to businesses, emphasizing the state’s partnership approach and reliable infrastructure, particularly citing the strategic importance of the Savannah port. He noted that over 70 percent of last year’s economic development projects involved the expansion of existing businesses within the state.

Plastic Express, headquartered in Pasadena, Texas, has been in operation since 1970, providing bulk trucking, bulk terminal, packaging, and warehousing services for the plastics industry nationwide. The company also handles non-plastic materials through its PX Services unit, catering to industries such as steel, paper, lumber, and other industrial and consumer products. Plastic Express currently operates two facilities in Georgia, supporting over 200 jobs.

Ray Hufnagel, President and CEO of Plastic Express, expressed confidence in Savannah as an investment opportunity, citing the success of the company’s existing facility in Pooler, Georgia. Jennifer Pittman Fussell, Chief Marketing Officer at Plastic Express, emphasized the strategic location of the new facility, situated adjacent to the CSX operating yard and within five miles of the Port of Savannah.

The Rockingham Farms Industrial Park will host Plastic Express’s 980,000-square-foot facility, featuring 104 dock doors and 7,200 container spots. With packing lines capable of handling 4 million pounds of resin per day, operations at the new facility are expected to commence in mid-2024.

Savannah Economic Development Authority President and CEO Trip Tollison expressed enthusiasm, hailing Plastic Express as the first employer to locate at Rockingham Farms and praising the company as a reliable partner. Griff Lynch, President and CEO of the Georgia Ports Authority, highlighted the strength of the logistics corridor connecting U.S. inland markets through Georgia to global destinations.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Global Commerce team, in collaboration with the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Georgia Ports Authority, and Georgia Quick Start, played a crucial role in facilitating the expansion. Senior Project Manager Dorie Bacon represented the Global Commerce team in this competitive project.

GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson commended Plastic Express for choosing Georgia once again for business expansion. Wilson emphasized the state’s access to global markets through its ports and the collaborative efforts in workforce development, including programs like Georgia Quick Start and career exploration opportunities for high school students.

Plastic Express’s decision to expand in Savannah reinforces the region’s position as a key player in the export logistics industry, with operations poised to contribute significantly to the local economy.

About Plastic Express
Plastic Express is dedicated to providing custom‐tailored and logistical solutions to fit customers’ needs. Since 1970, the company has met the bulk trucking, bulk terminal, packaging, and warehousing needs of the plastics industry. Plastic Express has expanded with PX Services Division, specializing in non‐plastic materials including steel, paper, lumber, and other industrial, consumer, and forest products. Plastic Express sets itself apart by on‐boarding new GPS equipment, maintaining excellent driver retention, and employing CSA scorecard to ensure the safety of its drivers and cargo.