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Plastics & Rubber Manufacturing

A Growth Driver for High-Tech Manufacturing Sectors

Why Georgia for Plastics and Rubber

  • Close proximity to aerospace, auto, healthcare and other demand industries
  • Abundant workforce and competitive wages
  • Renowned workforce training program
  • Excellent accessibility to market
  • Business-friendly environment

East Jordan Plastics to Invest $44 Million in Toombs County

"East Jordan Plastics is thrilled to be joining the Lyons community, and we look forward to making this a project a huge success for all stakeholders. We are grateful to the State of Georgia and Toombs County for their business-friendly and forward-looking leadership providing the opportunity to grow EJP in this strategically significant and beautiful part of the county.”

Scott Diller, President of East Jordan Plastics

Source: "Horticultural Container Manufacturer East Jordan Plastics to Invest $44 million in Toombs County",, 4.21.2022

Georgia Leads


Plastic & Rubber Manufacturing Locations

Georgia Department of Labor 2023.2Q


State in # of Professionals in Industry

Lightcast 2023.4Q


Plastics & Rubber Manufacturing GRP

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Industry Snapshot

Plastics manufacturing accounts for approximately 74% of the industry while rubber manufacturing accounts for nearly 26%.

  • Plastics: Packaging materials, film and sheet manufacturing, foam products, plastic bottles and all other plastics product manufacturing
  • Rubber: Tire manufacturing and retreading, rubber hoses and belting manufacturing and all other rubber product manufacturing

Additionally, the varied composition of the state's plastics and rubber manufacturing industry gives existing and potential facilities ample room to grow.

Top Employers

From custom injection molded products to automobile tires, Georgia's plastics and rubber products manufacturers supply a variety of industries, such as automotive and aerospace.

  • Tires & Retreading: Toyo Tire & Rubber (1,700), Kumho Tire USA (654)
  • Foam Products: Dart Container Corp. (985), WinCup (200)
  • Plastic Packaging (Film & Sheet): Berry Global (846), Pactiv (820), Printpack (765)
  • Plastic Bottles: CKS Packaging Inc. (500), ALPLA (350)
  • All Other Plastics Products: Decostar Industries (800), Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC (692), Neaton Rome Inc. (500)
  • All Other Rubber Products: M+A Matting (700), Freudenberg-NOK (668), Mohawk Industries (570)



Industry Jobs

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Anticipated Growth 2023 - 2033

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Median Hourly Earnings

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Explore Your Workforce

Discover your community's readiness for plastics and rubber manufacturing by exploring existing industry-related talent close to home.

Quality Talent for Less

Georgia is known for its high-quality affordable workforce. Wage rates in the state typically fall below the national average, particularly in manufacturing occupations. The state’s plastics and rubber manufacturing wages are no exception.

  • Projected growth of 10% in plastics and rubber manufacturing industry workers over the next decade compared to 3% nationally
  • Median hourly earnings of $17.91 compared to $18.15 nationally (based on top 21 plastics and rubber manufacturing industry staffing pattern occupations)

Industry Support


Industry-Relevant Grads (2018 - 2022)

IPEDS Completion Data, Lightcast 2023.4Q


Leading Workforce Training Program

Area Development, 2023


Technical Colleges

TCSG, 2023

The People and Support Needed to Succeed

Georgia's high concentration of degree-seeking students and top-tier colleges and universities make the state one of the country’s richest in top-level talent. These institutions also offer companies access to cutting-edge research and development partnerships.

  • Since 2012, there has been a 8% increase in the number of graduates skilled in supporting Georgia's plastics and rubber manufacturing operations
  • Georgia Tech ranks 2nd for engineering R&D funding nationally and has benefited from a 79% uptick in engineering R&D funding since 2012

Plastics & Rubber Manufacturing Industry Overview

Plastics & Rubber Manufacturing in Georgia