WALNUT RIDGE, ARK. - Custom-Pak Inc. will begin blow molding plastic parts at a 32,000-square-foot plant in Walnut Ridge this fall. In September, about 25 workers and five extrusion blow molding lines will be producing double-walled carrying cases and other industrial and consumer products at the plant, a Custom-Pak news release said. The firm expects to have eight lines operating by July 1996.
The Clinton, Iowa, firm bought the building for an undisclosed sum from Cambridge Engineering Inc., a maker of heating and ventilating equipment based in Chesterfield, Mo., the release said. The plant, located in an industrial park, has been vacant since 1992, when Cambridge consolidated its operations in Chesterfield, according to an April 29 story in the Jonesboro (Ark.) Sun.
Custom-Pak also purchased a 4-acre plot surrounding the building from the city's Airport Commission, the release said.
The company has been eyeing a spot in Arkansas for several years, according to Custom-Pak manufacturing manager Jerry Weber. One draw could be S-B Power Tool Co. in Walnut Ridge, a Custom-Pak customer since 1972, the Jonesboro Sun said.
Custom-Pak, founded in 1972, last year reported sales of $44 million, according to Plastics News' data. The company ranked ninth among North American industrial blow molders.
The company's four blow molding plants in Clinton and DeWitt, Iowa, serve the toy, furniture, lawn and garden and packaging markets. It operates about 115 lines, and employs 750 companywide.