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2019 News
MonoSol Biodegradable Detergent Pod

Global marketplace offers opportunities for businesses adept enough to compete in rapidly changing arena

The global marketplace has been a hotbed of activity in recent months. From trade wars to proposed tariffs, as well as growing populations and increased industrialization of countries such as China and India, leaders from a range of sectors have been working around the clock to find strategies to best navigate the volatile situation.


MonoSol Begins Hiring for New Manufacturing Plant in Lebanon

Construction Nearly Complete, Job Fair Scheduled for August 8 MERRILLVILLE, Ind., July 29, 2019 – MonoSol, one of the fastest-growing companies in Northwest Indiana, is expanding to Lebanon and hiring up to 95 employees for its new manufacturing plant. To help fill those positions, the company is hosting a Career Fair on Thursday, August 8, […] Read more

Water Soluble Pouch

The case for degradability’s place alongside the three Rs

Single-use plastics and plastic packaging are under increasing pressure today, as evidenced by the growing number of taxes or outright bans on everything from plastic bags to drinking straws.


PVOH with David Edwards

In a recent interview, Matthew Rogerson spoke with David Edwards to learn more about his technology, PVOH. As the industry gears towards more sustainable solutions we discuss the credentials of the material, and how it has so much more to offer the industry.

MonoSol Lab tech

MonoSol, a division of Kuraray, has been named a Best and Brightest Company to Work For in the nation for the third year by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR).


MonoSol named a Best and Brightest Company to Work For for third straight year

Merrillville-based MonoSol has been named a Best and Brightest Company to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources for the third straight year. The water-dissolvable film maker, a division of Japan-based Kuraray, was one of 512 employers nationwide to earn the distinction out of 2,400 nominations.

2018 News

MonoSol Wins Indiana Innovation Award for Food Grade Film

MERRILLVILLE, Ind., October 11, 2018 – MonoSol joined nine other organizations winning a 2018 Indiana Innovation Award at a ceremony held today at Butler University in Indianapolis. The annual Day of Innovation celebration is designed to increase the recognition of Indiana as a growing global center for innovation. MonoSol, a Kuraray Company, won the award […] Read more


MonoSol Breaks Ground on New Manufacturing Facility

Against a backdrop of massive earth-moving equipment and stacks of structural steel, Indiana’s manufacturing base took another step forward at the ceremonial groundbreaking for MonoSol’s new plant in Lebanon, Indiana, on September 12.


Monosol, Community Make Connection in Lebanon

MonoSol Lebanon Groundbreaking

MonoSol Breaks Ground on New Manufacturing Facility in Lebanon, Indiana

MERRILLVILLE, Ind., September 12, 2018 – Against a backdrop of massive earth-moving equipment and stacks of structural steel, Indiana’s manufacturing base took another step forward at the ceremonial groundbreaking for MonoSol’s new plant in Lebanon, Indiana. MonoSol and its customers continue to benefit from major capital investments by its parent company, Tokyo-based chemical manufacturer Kuraray […] Read more


MonoSol to break ground on Lebanon, Ind., plant

Merrillville-based MonoSol is breaking ground next month on a new manufacturing plant downstate. The water-soluble film maker, which achieved a huge success with Tide Pods and other single-use detergent packs, is investing $72 million in a new 150,000-square-foot facility in Lebanon in the northwest Indianapolis suburbs. The company, which also has plants in Portage, LaPorte and […] Read more


MonoSol pays tribute to veterans at employee picnic, raises funds for local causes

Nearly 1,000 people assembled at Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza for MonoSol’s employee appreciation picnic. MonoSol is a division of Japan’s Kuraray Group. “MonoSol has a deep sense of commitment to our people and the role they play in our success,” said CEO P. Scott Bening. “Events like our summer picnic and community involvement activities are […] Read more


Enterprise of the Year: MonoSol expects to double in size over five years

MonoSol has been around since 1953, but this last year the business has experienced breakneck growth most companies would envy. The Merrillville-based company has been hiring and building more manufacturing capacity since Proctor & Gamble introduced the Tide Pod in 2012. The single-use laundry detergent packets that use MonoSol’s patented water-soluble film became an immediate […] Read more


Hilltop Food Pantry gets big boost after flooding

VALPARAISO — MonoSol has donated $10,000 to help the Hilltop Food Pantry find a new home after it was driven out of its former site by the recent flooding.


MonoSol pack-a-thons benefit local nonprofits

Merrillville-based MonoSol recently partnered with Clean the World to host pack-a-thons at several of its facilities. Employees packed 1,000 hygiene kits that will be donated to local charities during events at Monosol’s corporate headquarters in Merrillville and its water-soluble film manufacturing plants in Portage and LaPorte as well as its facility in the United Kingdom.


MonoSol and its Employees Help Food Pantries


MonoSol Raises Funds to Support Food Pantry Flood Relief: Total assistance reaches $20,000

MERRILLVILLE, Ind., March 13, 2018 – To aid in flood relief efforts for the Hilltop Food Pantry in Valparaiso, Monosol, a Kuraray Division, and its employees contributed $10,000 to help the organization build a new facility. The agency lost 50 percent of its stock due to flood damage following recent heavy rains in Northwest Indiana. […] Read more


MonoSol to build water-soluble manufacturing plant in US

A division of Japanese chemicals manufacturer MonoSol is investing $72 million in the construction of a 150,000 sq ft water-soluble film manufacturing facility in Indiana, USA, with the potential to create 89 jobs by 2020.

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Indiana ‘Pod’ Film Manufacturer Growing In-State

LEBANON – Merrillville-based MonoSol LLC is continuing to grow its Indiana footprint. The manufacturer, whose water-soluble films are used in products like laundry and dishwasher detergent pods, is planning to invest more than $70 million into a new Lebanon facility and create 89 jobs. Monday night, the Lebanon City Council approved tax incentives for the company. Mayor […] Read more


IN: MonoSol to Add $72M Facility, Create 89 High-Wage Boone County Jobs

MonoSol, a global manufacturer of water-soluble films, announced plans to expand its operations in Indiana, establishing a new, high-tech production facility in Boone County, which will house up to 89 new, high-wage positions when fully operational by the end of 2020.


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2017 News

Local employers named some of ‘Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For’

MonoSol, the Merrillville-based company that makes the dissolvable film for Tide Pods, and area employers Aldi and Arby’s were recognized as one of the National Association for Business Resources’s “Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.”

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MonoSol Water-Soluble Film Manufacturing Plant Earns NSF Certification

“Achieving this rigorous certification is a testament to our ongoing commitment to manufacturing excellence and, more specifically, our dedication to those customers who require that their supply chain for food products meet NSF Guideline 229,” said P. Scott Bening, president and chief executive officer, MonoSol LLC. “Our customers choose pre-portioned packets made with dissolvable films, […] Read more


Sustainable Concepts

MonoSol’s water-soluble film is used to make unit-dose pods of shaving cream that dissolve with water. Created with Pacific Shaving Company, this packaging evolution replaces bulky cans and tubes and leaves no waste.


News-Packed HX, BDNY Wrap Up in Big Apple

MonoSol, a Kuraray Division, introduced products in single doses enveloped by water-soluble film. Personal care products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, toothpaste, shaving gels and other products are available in small pouches. These, the company says, eliminate product waste and recycling costs. Similarly, the company featured premeasured, sealed packages for cooking. The entire […] Read more

Pacific Shaving Company Shaving Mini's

MonoSol Team Recognised for Innovative Use of Water-Soluble Film in Personal Care Market

MonoSol, a Kuraray Division, is proud to announce its New Business and Innovations team was inducted into The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana on October 26, 2017. The team was recognized for helping bring transformational innovation to the personal care market with water-soluble film used to make unit-dose pods of shaving cream that dissolve […] Read more


New members inducted into Society of Innovators

The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana inducted 40 new members during the 13th annual Innovators Induction Ceremony at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond on Thursday.

MonoSol New Ventures Team

MonoSol Team Inducted into The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana

MonoSol, a Kuraray Division, is proud to announce its New Business and Innovations team was inducted into The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana during its 13th Annual Innovators Induction Ceremony on Thursday, October 26.


Water-soluble Film Changes Shaving

Single Use Shaving Cream Minis deliver shaving cream in a pod that dissolves with water in your palm to provide a moisturizing lather. Innovation from Pacific Shaving, San Francisco, California, is shaking up the wall of cans and tubes in the personal care aisle of Target stores nationwide.

Hobart Middle School Students, MonoSol, Manufacturing Day 2017

MonoSol Welcomes Hobart Middle School Students for Manufacturing Day

MonoSol, a Kuraray Division, welcomed more than 30 students and staff from Hobart Middle School to its state-of-the-art production plant – the DuneLand facility – in Portage, Indiana, on October 3, to celebrate National Manufacturing Day, an initiative organized by the National Association of Manufacturers to connect with future generations of manufacturers and ensure the […] Read more

MonoSol CEO P. Scott Bening with the band MonoSoul at the company's annual picnic in downtown Valparaiso.

MonoSol installing new manufacturing lines, hiring 100 workers


MonoSol’s Employee Appreciation Picnic

MonoSol PVA water-soluble film

Dissolvable Pods May Be the Future of Beauty Product Packaging

Single-dose shaving cream pods

These New Shaving Cream Pods Are Pretty Epic

Last time we checked, shaving cream didn’t come in a bag. And it also didn’t come portioned out in a pod that looks like dishwashing detergent. Pacific Shaving Company’s Single-Use Shaving Cream Minis (pick them up for $7 at Amazon) manages to be both of these things. It’s the greatest grooming accessory we didn’t know we needed.

Shaving cream water-soluble pod

One shave per pod convenience

The company likes to shake things up with creative packaging approaches. In early 2017, Pacific Shaving began to roll out Single-Use Shaving Cream Minis, packaged in precisely measured one-pod-per-shave units. The pod dissolves with water in the palms to become a rich lather (go to to see a demonstration).

Shaving cream water-soluble pod

Zero-waste shaving cream pods are convenient and travel friendly

Dissolvable film has enabled single-use versions of many non-solid products that otherwise could only be packaged in bulk, including personal care and household products such as laundry detergent and shampoo, and foods like liquid flavorings.

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NWI companies innovate, whether revolutionizing laundry or working with Elon Musk

Clean the World packathon

MonoSol Hosts Clean the World Pack-a-Thon for Local Charities

MERRILLVILLE, Ind., February 21, 2017 – MonoSol, LLC, a Kuraray Division and the world leader in water-soluble film technology best known for its film used in detergent unit dose products, is helping clean the world in a different way. Partnering with Clean the World, a non-profit enterprise dedicated to saving lives by distributing recycled soaps […] Read more


Water-soluble pods get personal with shaving cream Minis

C. Herrmanns, Sr. Vice President

MonoSol Names New Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales

MERRILLVILLE, Ind., February 14, 2017 – MonoSol, LLC, the water soluble film division of Kuraray, has promoted Christian Herrmanns to serve as senior vice president of marketing and sales. In this role, Herrmanns will report to P. Scott Bening, MonoSol’s president and CEO, and will lead the company’s global marketing and sales initiatives for water-soluble […] Read more

Single-dose shaving cream pods

MonoSol and Pacific Shaving Company Change the Face of Shaving with Water-Soluble Minis

New shaving cream Minis made with water-soluble film dissolve in water for a convenient shave SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and MERRILLVILLE, Ind., February 9, 2017 – The newest innovation in shaving cream, introduced by Pacific Shaving Company, is shaking up the wall of cans and tubes in the personal care aisle. The new Single-Use Shaving Cream […] Read more

MonoSol facility

MonoSol Adding Jobs

Clean the World packathon

MonoSol to hire 60 for jobs that pay up to $27.93 an hour

MonoSol team

MonoSol Named One of Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2016

January 24, 2017 – MonoSol, a division of Kuraray, has been named a Best and Brightest Company to Work For in the nation in 2016 by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For award recognizes organizations that represent best practices in human resources and strong commitments to […] Read more

2016 News
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MonoSol Introduces New Water-Soluble Film Technology for Personal Care Products and Cosmetics

October 25, 2016 – MonoSol, Kuraray’s WS Film Division and the global technology and innovation leader in water-soluble (WS) delivery systems, introduces new water-soluble film technology for the personal care and cosmetic industries. This food grade, water-soluble film improves convenience by delivering personal care and cosmetic products in easy-to-use, pre-measured pouches. It also offers a […] Read more

Kuraray 90th anniversary

MonoSol Celebrates Parent-Company Kuraray’s 90th Anniversary

Top Left Junichi “Jack” Fujiwara, Vice President – Administration (on left) and P. Scott Bening, President & CEO – MonoSol, GM – Water Soluble Film Division (on right) – Portage, Indiana Facility Top Center Norihisa “Otis” Sato, Marketing and Sales Manager (on left) and Tim Boyle, Senior Vice President – Global Operations (on right) – […] Read more


MonoSol Rx and MonoSol LLC, a Kuraray Company, Announce IP License Agreement MonoSol RX Grants MonoSol LLC Access to Patents for Non-Pharmaceutical Uses

July 14, 2016 – MonoSol Rx LLC, a specialty pharmaceutical company leveraging its PharmFilm® drug delivery technology to improve patient outcomes and address unmet needs, and MonoSol LLC, the Kuraray Company’s water-soluble film division, announce an agreement through which MonoSol LLC will receive a perpetual license to MonoSol Rx’s intellectual property (IP) for use in […] Read more

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MonoSol Launches New Food Grade Film Application with Dicoisa

June 28, 2016 – MonoSol, the world leader in water-soluble films, announces its newest food grade film customer – Dicoisa. A supplier of color additives based in Mexico City, Dicoisa is using MonoSol’s Vivos® film to package and deliver food colors to processors in Latin America. MonoSol’s film enables operational optimization via portion control by […] Read more


MonoSol Expands Production Capacity with the Opening of DuneLand Facility in Portage, Indiana

April 19, 2016 – MonoSol, the world leader in water-soluble films, announces the opening of its new state-of-the-art production plant – the DuneLand Facility – in Portage, Indiana. The $95 million dollar investment will expand MonoSol’s manufacturing capacity by 15 percent to meet increasing global demand for water-soluble films and unit-dose packaging. “Our business is growing. […] Read more

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MonoSol Partners with Clean the World to Help the Local Community

MonoSol employees from around the world came together to assemble hundreds of Clean the World hygiene kits, which were donated to local charities Download hi-res photo Joseph Shudick, Trustee of the Ross Township Food Pantry; Donna Smith, Investigator with the Ross Township Food Pantry; Kimberly Stiener, Global Sales Support Manager at MonoSol Kuraray WSF Division; […] Read more


January 29 at ACI: MonoSol Executive previews next big wave in water-soluble unit dose film packaging

Merrillville, Indiana – January 21, 2016 – Anyone familiar with the phenomenal success of unit dose water-soluble film-packaged products in the detergent industry, won’t want to miss the first-ever ACI Innovations & Technologies Showcase on Friday morning, January 29, 2016, during the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) Convention at Grande Lakes Orlando, Florida. Specifically, the 7:30-9:00 […] Read more


MonoSol Introduces New Water-Soluble Films for Pool and Spa Chemicals

October 19, 2016 – MonoSol, Kuraray’s WS Film Division and the global technology and innovation leader in water-soluble (WS) delivery systems, introduces new water-soluble film technology for delivering pool and spa chemicals. This Toss n’ Go application achieves exact portion control for each product, eliminates measuring and protects users from harsh chemicals by providing a […] Read more

2012 News
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MonoSol Creates Innovative Dissolvable Packaging To Combat Waste

Single-serve drink mixes and individually wrapped foods are a boon for landfill enthusiasts. Dissolvable-packaging maker MonoSol has a fix. Can you stomach it?