Kenneth Dart News

Dart Container’s Expansion Helps Local Economy

»Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Dart Container

Dart Container is constructing two new buildings in Mason, Michigan. This expansion will allow for the addition of more than 400 new positions at the company.

The upgrade is exactly the change Dart Container needs. The new buildings are full of positive alterations. The warehouse has a self-driving loading cart and motion-sensor LED lights, making the business more efficient. The bottom floor of the office building has a training space for up to 150 employees.

Executive Vice President of Manufacturing at Dart, Dan Calkins, is ready for the new buildings to be completed. “It obviously helps to have the space you need for the employees that are required for this operation,” said Calkins.

The construction is a $50 million investment by Dart Container and designed to be enough space to accommodate Solo Cup Company that Dart acquired in 2012.

“When Dart purchased Solo we did not purchase it to be that size of a company,” said Calkins. “We purchased it so that it would be a platform for continued growth.”

Dart is not only constructing two new buildings, but the company is renovating existing buildings as well. An additional $10 million is going towards renovations, such as a 10,000 square foot fitness center and more office space.

Doug Klein, Executive Director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce, is excited about Dart Container’s growth because of the positive effects it has on the local economy. “Definitely have a booming business market in Mason. We’ve got a lot of business now for our restaurants and our retail businesses as well,” said Klein.

As of now, Dart Container has 150 job openings, mostly in engineering and IT fields. The company is eager for the new buildings and renovations to be complete, as well as the continued growth of Dart Container.

Job Expansion in South-Central Kentucky

»Posted on Jul 30, 2014 in Dart Container

Dart Container Corporation is expanding the job market in Horse Cave, Kentucky, by building a new warehouse off of South Dixie Street.

The Horse Cave facility, which opened in 1980, has 1,400 employees today.

With a recent $23 million investment, the facility will undergo its 11th expansion. The expansion will consist of a new warehouse in Horse Cave, which will be around 650,000-square-feet. Gov. Steve Beshear’s office anticipates around 30 jobs being created as a result of the expansion.

Jim Lammers, Dart’s Executive Vice President of Administration and General Counsel, remarks, “Kentucky has been a great location for Dart because we can attract and retain excellent employees with diverse skills and a strong work ethic. We are thrilled that our growth will create new jobs in the state.”

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) has given initial approval for tax incentives of upwards of $900,000 for the expansion of the facility.

Since 1960, Mason, Michigan, has been home to Dart Container Corporation’s headquarters. Dart has been the leading producer of single-use foodservice products such as; plates, bowls, cups and lids. In 2012, Dart Container Corporation acquired Solo Cup Company, which is the manufacturer of the popular red “solo cup.” Solo Cup Company now has around 15,000 employees and over 45 distribution centers, production centers and offices in eight different countries.

41st Mason Chamber Golf Outing Supports Aggie Corner Scholarships

»Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in Dart Container

The 41st annual Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic brings together the Mason area for a day of golfing and fundraising. The proceeds for this year’s outing go towards the recipients of the Agnes “Aggie” Corner Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to earnest graduating seniors from Mason High School.

This year’s golf outing will take place on Thursday, July 24, at 9AM at the Eldorado Golf Course, which is located at 3750 Howell Road.

There is a wide array of sponsors for this year’s golf outing including; Oracle, Mason Auto Body Repair, Wendy’s of Mason, and Dart Container, where Ken Dart is a member of the board.

The continental breakfast and registration begin at 9AM, which is then followed by a 10AM shotgun. If you registered for the golf classic before July 11th then it was $75 per golfer or $300 for a foursome. This includes playing 18 holes with a golf cart, lunch, a goodie bag and a dinner afterwards. The meals are sponsored by the MACC members and drink tickets by event sponsors.

Aaron Fiedler, MACC Golf Committee chair, remarks, “In 2012, we had double the number of golfers from the year before and granted two Mason High School graduates each a scholarship. Last year, we had even more golfers. The more golfers and sponsors we have, the more the chamber will have to give to graduating students to help them continue their education and encourage community volunteerism.”

There is still room in this year’s MACC Golf Classic as a four-person scramble. You can call the chamber office to sign up at (517) 676-1046.

There is an opportunity for chamber members to attend the golf classic without golfing. Members and their guests can attend the member mixer at 3pm, which is followed by a dinner. It is $20 per person to participate in the mixer and dinner afterwards.

Last year the MACC Golf Classic funded scholarships for two worthy students. The 2014 recipients were Amy Jones and Blake Ellis. Both students received $500 for their engagement in the community.

Cayman Islands Yacht Club in the North Sound

»Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Dart Realty (Cayman)

In 2004, the original marina in the Cayman Islands was destroyed due to Hurricane Ivan. In 2012, Dart Realty, which is owned by Ken Dart, decided to repair the property. Today, the Cayman Islands Yacht Club is making the North Sound a destination at sea.

Dart designed the new marina to be both eco-friendly and sustainable. There are 158 docks available to fit vessels up to 120 feet. The Cayman Islands Yacht Club is equipped with world class amenities and highly qualified marine professionals. The renovated marina includes night-time security, property management, pump-out stations and private docks.

In addition to the new and improved marina, there is also a new store located at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club called Anchors. Anchors is a convenience store, café and bar. It sells all of your boating essentials, food and even has a full-service bar. Anchors is also home to the main marine fuel location on the west side of Grand Cayman. It is open seven days a week, which makes it that much more convenient.

Also located at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club is Pro Yacht. Pro Yacht is available to help you with anything from electronic installations, detailing, engine servicing and much more. Pro Yacht has been a part of the Cayman Islands marine experience for 20 years, but Dart Realty added an additional four acres for storage and maintenance facility.

The refurbished Cayman Islands Yacht Club has everything you need to make your boating experience as smooth as possible. The yacht club is redefining quality, among marine experiences in the Cayman Islands. Set sail, today!

Market Perseveres Through the Summer

»Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in Dart Realty (Cayman)

Although the marketplace is primarily slower during the summer season, there has been activity among Cayman’s real estate industry in both the commercial and residential divisions. Recently, the old Coutts Bank building was sold and the land next to it along Seven Mile Beach.

The recent activity is a result of new products, which are expected to both transform and improve Cayman’s luxury property market. The sales of the condos, which are along Seven Mile Beach, were around 60 percent higher for the first six months of 2014, compared to the first six months in 2013.

On July 8th, The WaterColours residences on Seven Mile Beach will accept its certificate of occupancy. This certificate will be momentous for Cayman’s luxury property market. WaterColours owners will be able to collect their keys to their new apartments for the first time. There are currently around 20 units available in The WaterColours residences to buy.

Dart’s Kimpton hotel, which is a luxury, boutique-style resort, will also have some properties available to purchase. The properties are expected to be available by the end of this year. It is anticipated that real estate ownership will rise in the Cayman Islands due to the emergence of this new brand among the island’s economy. This has been a trend among previous new brands that have been introduced to the Cayman Island’s market.

Construction will also begin on Dart’s 101 new residences this year. The new residences will be opening north of the Cayman International School, which will create another opportunity for buyers to get involved in Cayman’s real estate industry.