Rubber glove maker to add 800 jobs with new Fort Worth plant

A U.S. subsidiary of a South Korean company plans to open a manufacturing facility in Fort Worth and create 800 jobs to manufacture nitrile rubber gloves, which became sought-after products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rhino Health LLC will move into a 400,000 square foot facility in the Majestic Fort Worth South Business Park, according to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. That includes approximately 10,000 square feet of space for corporate office functions.

The expansion will more than triple production from Rhino Health’s existing facility in the Navajo Nation community of Church Rock, New Mexico, according to the Fort Worth Chamber. The Navajo Nation helped Rhino Health start operations with a $ 19 million investment.

In a statement, CEO Mark Lee said the expansion was “a significant first step for Rhino Health to invest and grow in the Fort Worth area.” Rhino Health is a US-based subsidiary of the South Korean rubber conglomerate Jungwoo Rubber & Plastic.

Rhino Health announced plans to establish its first glove factory in western New Mexico in late 2018 as part of a multi-phase plan to manufacture nitrile rubber gloves in the United States. The company invested $ 49 million in a 124,000 square meter manufacturing facility and warehouse.

The company markets its products to government agencies, medical institutions, the food industry and retailers.

Chris Strayer, the chamber’s executive vice president of economic development in Fort Worth, said the chamber worked with Rhino Health in finding locations.

“Fort Worth is proud to partner with another domestic company to prop up the PSA materials supply chain going forward,” Strayer said in a statement.

The chamber said it was working on more than 100 potential relocation or expansion projects, 75% of them in manufacturing and industry.

Boston-based Fidelity expects to fill 4,000 new jobs nationwide by mid-2021.

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