TUCKER ADDS EQUIPMENT AT ZETA

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CHICAGO — Tucker Housewares will add blow molding machines this year at two film extrusion plants run by its parent, Zeta Consumer Products Corp., to meet demand for its Renew-brand trash can, made with 100 percent post-consumer plastic.

Zeta of Little Falls, N.J., bought Tucker in June from Mobil Chemical Co. Zeta already has added blown film extrusion equipment to all three Tucker housewares molding plants, said Zeta President Raj Bal. Zeta also came out with a Tucker line of Renew trash bags made of recycled polyethylene — and paired the bags with the Tucker Renew trash cans.

Tucker started shipping the Renew trash containers, using existing Tucker molds, in September, Bal said at the International Housewares Show in Chicago.

Bal said several large, dual accumulator-head blow molding machines will be added, probably in the third quarter of this year, at Zeta film plants in Macomb, Ill., and Washington, N.J.

The Zeta locations give Tucker more geographic diversity, important to cut costs of shipping large hollow products, Bal said. Another attraction: The film plants also have recycling operations, generating a steady supply of recycled PE for the Renew trash cans.

Bal also said that several retail customers, which he did not identify, are planning special promotions of Renew trash cans and Renew trash bags during the upcoming Earth Day.

Tucker makes the Renew containers in 32-, 34- and 39-gallon sizes.

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