Relaunch of latex plant means hundreds of jobs in Eufaula

Published: Jan. 22, 2020 at 6:23 PM CST
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A latex plant in Eufaula plant that has been dormant for several years is getting new life, and with its re-launch comes hundreds of job opportunities.

The latex plant in Eufaula has stopped production and shut down twice.

“It switched over to condoms when the economy started moving all of the medical gloves to Asia… had a big contract with the United States government and unfortunately lost that contract and when they did the plant was shut down,” says Medical Industries of the America’s general manager Bill Fylstra.

Medical Industries of the Americas has a new vision for the plant.

“We're doing it right this time and we have a good crew behind us, we've got the city behind us, we've got the state behind us,” says Fylstra.

So once again latex gloves, condoms and hot and cold packs will be produced in Eufaula using dip and dry machines.

“The machine runs about 50 feet a minute a thousand feet long of chain so it takes 20 minutes,” says Fylstra.

The machine runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can make 400 gloves a minute 500 thousand a day and 180 million a year.

With 4 machines and room for 2 more, the plant could employ nearly 400 people.

“We're going to stair step that up. We're not going to have that many people running day one,” says Fylstra.

The plan is to employ 160 initially and add 50 more positions each year.

“A lot of the staff that I have, I’ve retained or people that have been here before,” says Fylstra.

“There's people all in this area that will have the opportunity to work and hopefully we will recruit some new people to come to the city,” says Eufaula mayor Jack Tibbs.

Whether seasoned plant veterans or fresh faces, the general manager says employees can expect an above average pay range.

“Our goal is do this and let our employees be able to take care of their families and buy homes and buy cars,” says Fylstra.

The plant will make Eufaula the home of a rare made in America product.

“We will be one of the few if not the only one to be manufacturing these products in the United States,” says Fylstra.

The plant will return to full operation in stages.

Right now, the plant is being evaluated and machine lines are being retooled.

The plant is expected to up and running by the middle of this year.