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Start-up film company invests $16 million in Indiana plant

By: Jennifer Kalish

September 20, 2013

Alliance Barrier Films LLC, a new maker of specialty and high-barrier film products, is opening a new plant in Washington, Ind., the Indiana Economic Development Corp. reported.

The company invested $16 million to construct a 17,600-square-foot facility equipped with one seven-layer Windmoeller & Hoelscher blown film line and a 71-inch lay-flat, said Thomas Huff, owner of Alliance Barrier Films.

“We see a need in the market for a supplier with our focus, that’s our size with our kind of equipment,” Huff said by phone.

Huff formerly owned Odon, Ind.-based United Films Corp., which was bought by Huntsman Packaging Corp. in 1996. United Films was the first blown film processor in North America to use W&H high-barrier blown film technology, at its second plant in Bloomington, IEDC said.

With the $16 million investment, Alliance will be able to produce flat, gauge-band-free films for various applications in the food-packaging industry. The funding will also help create about 48 jobs at the new extrusion facility by 2016, Huff said.

The company was offered $250,000 in conditional tax credits and as much as $50,000 in infrastructure improvements via IEDC, based on the company’s job-creation plans. Alliance will only be eligible to claim incentives once Indiana residents are hired, the agency reported.

The facility will be operational by the end of the year, Huff said.

Alliance processes resins that include ethylene vinyl alcohol, nylon and hybrid polyolefins to produce proprietary coextruded films for critical end-use applications, the report said.