FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The leading manufacturer in paper straws is working to staff their new facility on Innovation Drive.
Aardvark Straws has been through a roller coaster this year with the trend of being eco-friendly skyrocketing. Some cities have even banned plastic straws, causing a demand the company couldn't meet alone.
"Straw business is taking off as plastic straws are being eliminated and people are leaning more toward paper straws."
That's why Hoffmaster Group bought the company back in August. Now they're planning to move to this 100,000 square foot building on Innovation Boulevard in February. But with the need to manufacture more paper straws, comes the need for man power.
"We've had to bring in a lot more machines and we're looking to hire almost 130 more employees."
The company aims to increase manufacturing capacity by 700% by the end of next year. These straws are earth and sea friendly, degradeable, and compostable. They're already popular in places like Fortezza Coffee and only expected to spread.
If you want to be a part of that, you can apply or you can do your part and switch to paper.
"People don't want to use plastic anymore and want to be eco-friendly. Disposable is where they're going with it."