BURLEY — Standridge Color Corp. is constructing a 58,000-square-foot facility that adds color to plastics.
“We are excited about our new facility in Burley and look forward to being part of this wonderful community,” said Henry Stowe with Standridge Color.
The company’s site is on West Railroad Avenue north of Burley’s municipal airport.
The Social Circle, Georgia-based company expects to be in production by late November, Stowe said.
“Standridge Color will be a tremendous employer,” said Doug Manning, Burley’s economic development director. The company will employ about 30 people when ramped up to full production.
Stowe said the company takes plastic pellets about the size of BB pellets and provides standard and custom colors, custom compounds, additive concentrates and special dispersions for the plastics processing industry.
Products colored by the company include clothing and vehicles, Manning said.
The company was established in 1973, according to the city’s release, and it has production and distribution facilities in the U.S., China, Spain and the Czech Republic. U.S. facilities are in Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Kansas and New Jersey.
The Burley location will be the company’s first facility west of the Rocky Mountains.
“Idaho is a great choice for companies looking to expand west of the Rockies. And we are thrilled that Standridge has noticed the opportunity in our state,” Lt. Gov. Brad Little said in the release. “Burley has a significant manufacturing sector already, and the expansion of Standridge into Idaho will continue to add value to our state’s products.”
Manning said the ground, which is between the city’s municipal and industrial wastewater plants, was purchased from the Burley Development Authority. Because of a high water table the 15-acre parcel had limited use.
The property was part of a J.R. Simplot Co. gift and had been managed by Boyer, Manning said. The company sought no state grants or incentives.
Manning said the city worked with the company for more than a year and construction began a couple of months ago.
“We are delighted to have a company like Standridge locate in Burley. This is an outstanding company that is very community minded. They will be another tremendous asset to the area,” Manning said. “They already have a very strong customer base in the West, and after meeting with them on numerous occasions over the past months, we’re very excited to see construction underway.”