(Host) One of Bennington’s most important industries is opening a plant in Michigan, bringing at least 200 new jobs to that state.
Plasan Carbon Composites of Bennington makes automotive parts from carbon fiber, a strong but light material seen as an alternative to steel.
A sister company, Plasan North America, makes armor for off-road vehicles used by U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s brought lucrative military contracts to Bennington.
The two Israeli owned companies employ about 300 people locally.
Scott Murphy is Bennington’s Director of economic development. He says the town learned about the Michigan expansion through a press release.
(Murphy) "It was definitely a surprise until we tracked things down and we received assurances from them that it would not affect the Bennington operation at all and they were interested in maintaining Bennington and possibly expanding Bennington still."
(Host) Last December, Plasan moved its research and development arm to Wixom, Michigan, to be closer to the automotive industry. The new Michigan plant is supported by generous tax incentives from that state.