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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

Semperit Announces Georgia Expansion/Relocation of Americas Headquarters

Semperit Group will open a 150,000 square foot rubber gasket manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facility at Coweta County Industrial Park in Newnan, Georgia, creating an additional 70 jobs in the state. Semperit develops, produces, and sells specialized rubber products for the industrial and medical sectors.

"We have seen substantial growth in the Americas in recent years and we are convinced that our strengthened regional focus, plus the establishment of the US headquarters, in combination with a new production site, will strongly support in meeting our increased customer requirements while allowing us to service customers faster and more efficiently. The new headquarters and manufacturing footprint will also allow for improved operating efficiencies, increased supply chain and logistics management, and enhanced communications for our region.”

Irene Coughlin, Managing Director Americas, Semperit

Source: "Semperit Group Relocates-Plans Newnan, Georgia, Campus", Area Development News Desk, 6.24.2021

Georgia Leads


Plastic & Rubber Manufacturing Locations

Georgia Department of Labor 2020 Annual


Industry Jobs

EMSI, 3rd Q 2021


Projected Industry Job Growth

EMSI, 3rd Q (2021 to 2031)

Industry Snapshot

Plastics manufacturing accounts for approximately 72% of the industry while rubber manufacturing accounts for nearly 28%.

  • 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 (502)
  • Foam Products: Dart Container Corp. (985), WinCup (260)
  • Plastic Packaging (Film & Sheet): Pactiv Corp. (820), Printpack Inc. (765), Berry Global (660)
  • Plastic Bottles: CKS Packaging Inc. (500), ALPLA (350)
  • All Other Plastics Products: Decostar Industries (800), Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC (692), LG Hausys (480)
  • All Other Rubber Products: M+A Matting (750), Freudenberg-NOK (682), Integer (365)



Workers in Industry Relevant Jobs

EMSI, 3rd Q 2021


State for Industry Job Growth

EMSI, 3rd Q 2021 (Absolute Job Growth, 2021 to 2031)


Median Hourly Earnings

EMSI, 3rd Q 2021

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 7% in plastics and rubber manufacturing industry workers over the next decade compared to 3% nationally
  • Median hourly earnings of $17.11 compared to $19.05 nationally (based on top 21 plastics and rubber manufacturing industry staffing pattern occupations)

Georgia offers an ample supply of skilled employees with a variety of technical backgrounds. In addition to the 254,142 workers directly employed in plastics and rubber manufacturing, there are more than 505,000 Georgians with industry relevant skill-sets.

Industry Support


Industry-Relevant Grads (2016 - 2020)

IPEDS, 2020


Leading Workforce Training Program

Area Development, 2021 (Georgia Quick Start)


Technical Colleges

TCSG, 2020

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 2016, there has been a 9% 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 36% uptick in engineering R&D funding since 2010

Plastics & Rubber Manufacturing Industry Overview

Plastics & Rubber Manufacturing in Georgia