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Manufacturer moving operations to Gates, to create 189 jobs

By THOMAS ADAMS - 7/10/2013 5:01:46 PM

Trellis Earth Products Inc. plans to move its headquarters and manufacturing operations to the Rochester Technology Park in Gates and create 189 jobs, officials announced Wednesday.

Trellis has been headquartered in Portland, Ore., since its founding in 2006. Its manufacturing operations have been in China, officials said.

A maker of sustainable food-service products, Trellis will invest $8.3 million to construct a new facility here, officials said. It plans to break ground by the end of the summer on an 80,000-square-foot building at the tech park. Total employment is expected to reach 189 by June 2018.

Trellis will manufacture forks, knives and spoons, and food-service flatware and flexible products including clamshells, school lunch trays and plates, officials said.

The Empire State Development Corp. will provide Trellis with $1.5 million in tax credits and a $500,000 grant.

“Trellis, as an industry leader, is committed to creating jobs here at home,” said Michael Senzaki, president and CEO of Trellis statement. “We see the value of being a New York-based manufacturing company where we can be close to our major markets while having access to the resources and support services we need to launch a world-class manufacturing facility.”

Monroe County has agreed to provide up to $500,000 in low-interest financing, up to $300,000 in an interest subsidy, $50,000 for training, and possible rebates on equipment purchases.

Trellis makes more than 100 eco-friendly branded products for more than 1,000 customers nationally.

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