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Schwartz Technical Plastics opens North American operation in Ambridge; hiring 25

Schwartz Technical Plastics, a leading German manufacturer of industrial plastic components, is moving its North America base of operations to Ambridge and will hire 25 people.

Schwartz has been operating in North Carolina since 1999 but decided to move to Pittsburgh after a devastating fire, says Bernd Nussdorfer, president. “North Carolina was a little off our main market. The proximity here to so many companies in the steel industry--not to mention the high quality of life and the expertise of the regional workforce--clearly put Pittsburgh ahead of the competition.”

The jobs will include sales, office support staff and manufacturing people, Nussdorfer says. The company has signed a 10-year lease for 20,000 square feet of office and plant space at the Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center in Beaver County.

Schwartz manufactures heavy-duty, cast nylon plastic that is used as a substitute for metal in the construction and manufacturing industries. The industrial grade resin is used in cranes, elevators, and paper mills.

“This expansion is a significant win for our region, both because of the jobs that are being created and because of what it says about southwestern Pennsylvania as a place to do business,” said Mike Langley, chief executive officer of the Allegheny Conference.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Bernd Nussdorfer, Schwartz Technical Plastics
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