Dart Container expects to have its deal to buy Solo Cup finalized by the third quarter.
"We'll probably see some employment growth in this area as a result of now having a much larger company," explained Dart Vice President of Administration Jim Lammers. "Production will of course stay here in Mason as well."
Lammers predicts the company will have to expand its facilities in Mid-Michigan: "We're pretty full to the gills right now in terms of our buildings and our office space so we'll take a good look at what the future might mean."
But it's too soon to tell what types of jobs will be created and just how much the building will expand. What is known is what types of products Solo and Dart will create together.
"We're really be able to offer our customers a broader line of products made from a broader line of raw materials."
And they've decided to Solo name will remain on their famed red plastic cups. So although not a lot will change in the two brand names you see on grocery store shelves, Mason Area Chamber of Commerce President Doug Klein cannot wait for the upcoming changes.
"As long a Dart Container keeps growing, that's good for us."
Especially with all of the growth which Dart, the world's largest producer of foam cups, has already brought to the area.
"We were one of only two communities in Mid-Michigan that grew between (the years) 2000 and 2010. Dart Container Corporation is a big part of that growth."
Another sign that parts of Michigan are making comebacks.