ELKHART, IND. - Pierce Plastics Inc. of Elkhart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantis Molded Plastics Inc., will move to a new plant by early April. The 87,000-square-foot new facility has more than double the space of the current Elkhart location. The new space will provide 20,000 square feet for warehousing, according to Richard Hurwitz, vice president of corporate communications for Atlantis Plastics Inc., the Miami-based parent of both companies.
Pierce manufactures profile extrusions for recreational vehicles, building supplies, furniture and appliances.
The move should take six weeks and will not disrupt production.
``In the new facility, we will add three more lines to the 12 existing lines,'' Hurwitz said. ``And the building has room for 21 extrusion lines.''
The additional machinery will boost the plant's output by 25 percent, from 80,000 machine hours per year to 100,000.
``The building was formerly an Aeroquip [Inc.] plant, designed specifically for plastics operations,'' he said. ``It was vacated when Aeroquip consolidated some of its operations last year.''
He added that the existing Pierce site will be sold.
The expansion fits with Atlantis' policy of keeping production facilities within 250 miles of 90 percent of a given plant's customers, Hurwitz said.
Pierce is one of nine concerns owned by Atlantis and grouped under Atlantis Molded Plastics Inc., based in Henderson, Ky. The parent company's other operating unit, Atlanta-based Atlantis Films Inc., was the 22nd-largest film and sheet extruder in North America in Plastics News' 1994 ranking.