After a year of research and development, Lollicup USA has begun its production of disposable plastic cups at the end of April and will be distributing its Karat® line of “made-in-USA” cups to its customers today. Paper cold cups will go into production in June.
“Manufacturing in the U.S. is gaining traction. More and more companies are bringing manufacturing back, and more and more consumers are looking for American-made products. Consumers trust the quality and are very supportive,” stated co-founder, President and CEO of Lollicup USA. “We moved manufacturing from Asia to the U.S. because we saw the increasing demand of American-made products and a trend of consumers having a preference for these products. The cost of labor in Asia has also risen significantly and there are too many uncertainties.”
The 300,300 square-foot facility houses the company’s offices, distribution, and a new state of the art production plant, which features automated high-capacity and high-speed German equipment allowing Lollicup to manufacture up to one million cups per day. Plastic pellets are mixed with recycled plastic and melted to liquid form, then rolled to a flat sheet and cut to size. No materials are wasted as any excess plastic used to form the plastic cups are reused.
Southern California Edison (SCE) joined the national celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month for its ninth annual celebration to show appreciation to its customers, business partners, and community organizations on May 2nd.
Lollicup USA was awarded an Energy Efficiency Participation Award, alongside Din Tai Fung USA, after adding a new LED lighting system to its corporate headquarter facilities, saving the company approximately $80,000 annually.
“We’re very excited to be awarded by Southern California Edison,” stated Alan Yu, Lollicup’s co-founder, President, and CEO. “Switching to LED lights has cut our costs significantly, which both helps us and is energy-efficient and eco-friendly.”
SCE’s energy management solutions are a way to help businesses cut costs and carbon footprint, while adding to their bottom line. Programs are funded by California utility customers and administered by SCE under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
This year’s celebration, themed “Celebrating Business & Community Partnerships,” was held at SCE’s Energy Education Center in Irwindale and also highlighted SCE’s investment and contribution to higher education, particularly Asian recipients of the Edison Scholars Program. Ding-Jo H. Currie, Ph.D., professor at California State University, Fullerton, joined SCE in celebrating, serving as keynote speaker. KNBC anchor Hetty Chang was the emcee.