There was much cause for celebration Thursday morning as one of Shawnee's longtime residents — (Georg Fischer) GF Central Plastics — unveiled its latest expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

There was much cause for celebration Thursday morning as one of Shawnee's longtime residents — (Georg Fischer) GF Central Plastics — unveiled its latest expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

For more than 60 years Central Plastics has called Shawnee home — with this newest expansion it appears the site will remain comfortable for its roughly 600 employees.

“We're pretty proud of this place,” GF Central Plastics President and Managing Director Mark Smith said.

Georg Fischer — a 3.5 billion organization — acquired Central Plastics in 2008. The Shawnee site is one of the largest manufacturers in the area.

Operating round the clock, the company's products are sold all over the world.

Smith said between the manufacturing facility and the new training, sales and innovation center, the operation spans about 500,000 square feet.

“This year alone, we've added about 25,000 square feet of new warehouse facility,” he said. “We've built this complex over the last seven months.”

Smith said just recently Central Plastics added the facility and another 25,000 square-feet of warehouse, as well as investing about $10 million in infrastructure in its operation over the last couple years.

“Every year we continue to add technical and engineering types of positions; it's not just entry-level jobs that we're providing here,” he said.

For 2018, he said the company plans to invest another five million in its organization.