Charter NEX begins plant expansion

By Jim Johnson
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: May 30, 2014 10:29 am ET
Updated: May 30, 2014 10:31 am ET

Related to this story

Topics United States, Food packaging, Film & Sheet

A blown film extrusion company in Wisconsin is laying the groundwork, literally, for an expansion that could eventually double the plant’s production capacity.

Charter NEX Films Inc. sees a bright future in its corner of the plastics world, making film that is then sold to converters serving the food, pharmaceutical, medical and packaging industries.

“The business is strong to the point that we felt we needed to add capacity for additional lines,” plant manager Paul Szablowski said.

Plans are to build an additional 20,000 square feet of space that would allow the company to add production lines as business presents itself.

Charter NEX figures to spend about $1.5 million on construction of the new space that will eventually house the additional equipment. Work on that project begins June 2, the plant manager said.

With the cost of a new line costing about $3 million each, the company will wait until it has the business to operate each line fully before installing that equipment. The company has no plans to add any production lines until business is booked.

Adding the additional 20,000 square feet of space has “the potential to double the capacity of the facility,” he said.

Charter NEX Films currently employs about 60 workers in Milton, and the plant manager said the increased production has the potential of adding 20 to 30 employees over the next several years.

The company, in Milton, has the ability to produce blown films ranging in width from 64 to 104 inches in rolls weighing up to 5,000 pounds.

“We basically make big rolls of plastic film,” he said, that are then sold to converters.

News of the decision to expand comes about a year after the company announced plans to add two coextrusion blown film lines there.

Creating the additional space at this point will allow for more lines in the future.

Charter NEX formed in December 2012 through the merger of NEX Performance Films Inc. and Charter Films Inc.

The company, which makes monolayer, multilayer coextruded and barrier films, also has operations in Rhinelander and Superior, Wis., and Turners Falls, Mass.


Comments

Charter NEX begins plant expansion

By Jim Johnson
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: May 30, 2014 10:29 am ET
Updated: May 30, 2014 10:31 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Brown signs California's plastic bag ban into law

September 30, 2014 1:38 pm ET

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made it official today: plastic bags are banned across the entire state of California.    More

Image

Welding equipment supplier Forward completes expansion

September 30, 2014 4:08 pm ET

Plastic welding equipment producer Forward Technology completed an expansion it predicts will help customers become more efficient and cut costs.    More

Image

Extreme Tool uses remote Michigan location to attract younger workers

September 30, 2014 3:47 pm ET

“I'm not saying there's anything wrong with being an old guy like me. But I do believe in the power of youth and reinvesting in training. The...    More

Image

Teens put a cap on watery ketchup

September 30, 2014 1:57 pm ET

Whether you spell it ketchup or catsup, use it on burgers or fries, or prefer Heinz or Hunt's, there is one universal problem for the ages: That...    More

Image

Toyoda Gosei pleads guilty, agrees to $26 million fine for price fixing

September 30, 2014 11:27 am ET

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $26 million fine for its alleged role in an international conspiracy to rig bids and fix ...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events