Arkansas-based Delta Plastics has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in the Tulare County town of Dinuba. Photo via Delta Plastics website
Written by David Castellon
The world’s leading manufacturer of irrigation polytube for the agricultural industry has chosen land north of Dinuba as the location for its new manufacturing plant.
“Tulare County was chosen after an extensive search throughout California for the best location for their venture,” according to a press release issued today by the Economic Development Corp. of Tulare County.
The agency reports that Arkansas-based Delta Plastics plans to build a 75,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in an industrial park off Road 68 in the area of Avenue 430 and employ up to 120 people there.
EDC President Paul Saldana said, “120 manufacturing jobs are pretty significant,” adding that he sees a lot of opportunity for Delta plastics to grow its operation in the coming years.
The new plant, operating under Delta’s Revolution Plastics division, will produce polytubes — hollow, high-grade plastic tubes that can be rolled out into fields and have holes punched into them to insert water emitters. The tubes are filled with water and expand, much like a fire hose, except the water shoots out of the emitters, irrigating nearby crops.
The plant also will produce Revolution Bag trash can liners made from recycled polytube material and other plastics that the company plans to collect from agricultural operations throughout the state to process at the Dinuba plant.
Delta Plastics officials couldn’t be reached immediately for comment, but a video on its website states that a portion of the recycled plastics are sold to other manufacturing businesses.
Delta currently has two manufacturing plants in Little Rock, Arkansas and Mesquite, Texas, along with a recycling plant in Stuttgart, Arkansas.
“We look forward to our growth and partnering with the agriculture industry in California as we expand our commitment to waste diversion and recycling throughout the state,” Louis Vasquez, Delta Plastic’s director of corporate development, said in a press release.
“We are excited about Revolution Plastics coming to the Dinuba area and look forward to having their employees live, shop and dine in our community,” Dinuba Mayor Scott Harness said in the same release.
Saldana said EDC representatives spent a long time showing Delta officials developed and undeveloped sites in Tulare County, and he believes that variety of available space helped sway the company to choose the Dinuba area, along with its central location in the state.