IRIS USA News
IRIS USA Retools to Produce Consumer Face Masks in Wisconsin
Investing $10 Million in Pleasant Prairie Plant to Manufacture 70 Million Masks Per Month
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI (April 9, 2020) – IRIS USA, the U.S. division of Japanese-based household products manufacturer IRIS Ohyama Inc., today announced plans to add face mask production to its 570,000-square-foot, 250-employee manufacturing plant in Pleasant Prairie, WI. The new capability will support federal mask-wearing recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control on April 3 to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.
The company is investing $10 million in new machinery and planning to hire an additional 60 employees to enable manufacture of an estimated 70 million disposable 3-ply face masks per month. IRIS Ohyama has been producing masks in China for more than a decade and is a major mask supplier to the Japanese government.
The first U.S.-produced masks are expected to be available shortly after the new manufacturing line is completed in September. In the interim, IRIS Ohyama is shipping masks to the U.S. from its factory in China to help address the severe shortage. The first shipment is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. this month.
The Wisconsin plant will continue to manufacture plastic storage and pet products when the mask operation comes online. IRIS USA is also exploring opportunities to add other kinds of masks to its U.S. output.
The Wisconsin effort is part of a broader initiative that also includes adding mask production to IRIS’s manufacturing operations in Japan, Korea and Europe in anticipation of long-term global increases in mask adoption expected after current coronavirus crisis passes.
About IRIS Ohyama
IRIS Ohyama, Inc., is headquartered in Sendai, Japan, and is a global manufacturer of over 19,000 household products and consumables. IRIS Ohyama originated in 1958 and expanded into the U.S. market in 1992, with its principal U.S. headquarters located in Surprise, Arizona. IRIS Ohyama’s attention to its customers has resulted in growth of its operations to Asia, America and Europe. For information on IRIS USA, visit https://www.irisusainc.com/
IRIS USA, Inc. Announces 4th Facility in Pennsylvania
Surprise, Arizona, May 2, 2018 – IRIS USA, Inc., a leading manufacturer of plastic storage containers and pet products, is proud to announce the future location of its fourth manufacturing and distribution facility in Hazle Township of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. IRIS operates three (3) existing facilities in Arizona, Texas, and Wisconsin.
IRIS USA, who has recently expanded into new product categories such as housewares, small appliances, and RTA furniture, has recently chosen the Luzerne County area for its abundant workforce and geographic location in order to strengthen production efficiencies and supply channels through ecommerce distribution. With an overall investment of over $84M into the new facility, IRIS also plans to increase the number and variety of products offered to its customers.
IRIS USA President, Hiroyuki Takahashi, adds, “We are very pleased to be working with such fine individuals in Luzerne County and the state of Pennsylvania as we embark on our Company's first East Coast expansion plans.”
Construction of the new facility on approximately 30 acres within Humboldt Industrial Park is expected to begin in late 2018 with completion by early 2020. IRIS plans to create 95 jobs over the next three (3) years. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned to take place later this month.
Parent Company Profile:
IRIS Ohyama, Inc., is headquartered in Sendai, Japan, and is a global manufacturer of over 19,000 household products and consumables. IRIS Ohyama originated in 1958 and expanded into the U.S. market in 1992, with its principal U.S. headquarters located in Surprise, Arizona. IRIS Ohyama’s attention to its customers has resulted in growth of its operations to Asia, America and Europe.
Media Contact for IRIS USA, Inc.:
Jennifer Coker, Human Resources Director and Legal Affairs
IRIS USA, Inc.
13423 W. Cactus Road
Surprise, Arizona 85379
IRIS USA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Congratulations to Patricia Arban, Willow Canyon HS recipient of the IRIS USA Inc. Scholarship! Patricia plans to major in Communications. She will spend her first two years at Estrella Mountain Community College and then hopes to get into ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
Presenting the award to Patricia are Teresa Heatherly and Fran Sperling, Dysart Education Foundation Directors.