Printpack Inc., the Atlanta-based flexible packaging converter, has opened a new manufacturing facility adjacent to its existing Grand Prairie, Texas, film plant. Susan Folds, a spokeswoman for Printpack, said the 206,000-square-foot facility, which has been renovated to accommodate Printpack's growing needs, will be equipped with six- and eight-color flexographic printing presses, adhesive and extrusion laminators and state-of-the-art ink mixing and control systems. The plant also will house a 1,000-square-foot quality-assurance laboratory.
``In the second phase of our expansion, we will be moving our cast and coextruded lines from our plant in Villa Rica, Ga., to our original Grand Prairie plant to consolidate with the blown film operations there,'' Folds said.
That consolidation will be complete by July 1996. About 25-30 employees will transfer from Villa Rica to Grand Prairie.
Printpack, one of the largest packaging film converters in North America, operates two plants in Atlanta, two in Villa Rica, plus plants in Hendersonville, N.C.; Fredericksburg, Va.; Elgin, Ill.; Rhinelander, Wis.; Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and Grand Prairie. The company was sixth on Plastics News' 1994 ranking of North American film and sheet producers, with estimated film and sheet sales of $420 million.
Folds said the Villa Rica plant affected by the consolidation, one of two Printpack facilities in that building, will be used for the firm's metalizing operations, and no jobs will be lost companywide by the expansion.