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CHICAGO — Sidel Inc. has moved its staff of 40 to a new, 60,000-square- foot headquarters on 5 acres, with room for expansion, in Norcross, Ga. The firm (Booth N6332), a manufacturer of PET blow molding machines, now has special client technician training facilities and accommodates full-scale production testing for machines and bottles as well as machine repair.

The facility also handles sales and support, warehouse and spare parts distribution, training of its technical force and customer technicians on the SBO 4/6 production machines, and bottle design development.

``We saw a real call to provide on-site assistance for customer training, a laboratory to work on bottle development and a top-flight site for our 24-hour parts distribution facility,'' President Jean-Guy Delage said in a news release.

``We have been able to meet all of those criteria with this superior location and building.''

The warehouse occupies 66 percent of the two-story building, and offices fill the rest. June 12 marked its grand opening.

Sidel Inc. is a wholly owned unit of Groupe Sidel of Le Havre, France. Groupe Sidel owns seven multinational firms that manufacture packaging machines, including blow molders, palletizers, fillers, case packers and shrink wrappers.

Sidel's blow molding machines include units that process PET, PVC and polyethylene containers.