CHICAGO - The Thermoformed Products Division of Cadillac Products Inc. is investing $5 million in new equipment at its Sterling Heights, Mich., plant to manufacture refuse bin lids made with 40 percent post-consumer high density polyethylene. The company received a $4 million recycling grant from Michigan's Department of Natural Resources to help fund the expansion, according to David L. DeMocker, sales and marketing director.
The company is purchasing a complete set of equipment needed to reprocess post-consumer HDPE and make the lids, including cleaning, grinding, extrusion and thermoforming machinery, he said in an interview at Waste Expo '95, held April 26-28 in Chicago.
Cadillac Products exhibited at Waste Expo to introduce the Cad-Lid, a twin-sheet thermoformed lid that features a seven-rib, honeycomb-type structure.
The company manufactures the product with 100 percent post-industrial material obtained from its own plants and from some of its customers, DeMocker said.
By October, the firm expects to incorporate 40 percent post-consumer material as a condition of the grant it received from the state.
The lid, developed during the past year, is not the company's first foray into that market, DeMocker said. An earlier version, pulled from the market about a year ago, was not as well-manufactured and lacked the proper distribution network, he said.
The new version is competitively priced with rotational-molded lids but weighs about 7 pounds less at 121/2 pounds, DeMocker said. The product will be distributed through independent dealers the company is signing up and through its other plants in Detroit, Troy and Rogers City, Mich.; Atlanta; and Paris, Ill.
The 52-year-old manufacturer of plastic film, pallets and automotive products employs 900. DeMocker declined to reveal the company's sales.