ORLANDO, FLA. - Two large suppliers of molded dairy and beverage crates and thermoformed bakery containers have merged to create P&E Inc. in Orlando. The firm was formed with the merger of Piper Industries Inc. of Orlando and Erie Crate & Manufacturing Co. of Erie, Pa. Both companies had operations in Orlando.
Terry Anderson, national product manager for the new firm, said P&E will consolidate into a 110,000-square-foot headquarters plant in Orlando by the end of the year. The site will have five injection molding presses with 700-850 tons of clamping force, plus extrusion capabilities for producing sheet stock for thermoforming, Anderson said.
Besides the Orlando facility, Anderson said the company now will operate Piper's plants in Dayton, N.J.; St. Louis; City of Industry, Calif.; and Dallas, plus Erie's location in Pennsylvania.
``On Jan. 1, we hope to open up our section, which will recycle HDPE into pellets, which we will then blend with virgin pellets for our new thermoformed shipping container product,'' he said. ``The two companies used to be competitors and this merger will help us serve customers nationwide better.''
Besides dairy and beverage cases, P&E makes baskets and transport containers for baked goods, eggs, and other items.
Avery assets boost CCL label business
TORONTO - Consumer goods packaging major CCL Industries Inc. of Toronto plans to expand its pressure-sensitive label business by acquiring operations from Avery Dennison Corp. of Pasadena, Calif.
CCL and Avery make plastic film labels from purchased roll stock. Films are made from polypropylene, polystyrene, polyethylene, and for in-mold types, from PET/polyolefin blends, said Craig Groendyk, general manager of CCL's label plant in Sioux Falls, S.D.
CCL agreed to acquire label plants in Monrovia, Calif., Cincinnati, Toronto and Mexico City, as well as Avery's label application machinery business, for C$130 million (US$96.2 million) in cash. The Avery operations, with annual sales of about C$95 million (US$70.3 million), make labels from a range of materials, primarily for health and beauty and pharmaceutical markets.
Mel Snider, CCL's senior vice president of finance and administration, said his firm's main label-producing plants are in Burlington, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Shelton, Conn.; and Sioux Falls. CCL's labels division predicts the acquisition will boost its sales next year to C$240 million (US$177.6 million).
Snider said film labels are its major plastics business. It exited blow molding and thermoformed packaging several years ago. It also extrudes tubing for pharmaceutical packaging in Harrisonburg, Va. CCL trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Crystal Thermoplastics adds equipment
CUMBERLAND, R.I. - Crystal Thermoplastics Inc. expanded its thermoforming capacity and improved productivity in projects completed last month.
The Cumberland-based firm added a new in-line thermoformer from Sencorp Systems Inc. of Hyannis, Mass., its 13th at the Cumberland facility. It also installed a thermoformer dedicated to sample runs to free production time on its in-line and off-line thermoformers, according to Scott Millard, inside sales representative.
Millard said Crystal also converted its tools in Cumberland to a quick-change, modular design for shorter set-up times.
He did not disclose cost of the projects. Crystal makes blisters, clamshells and other packaging. It had sales of about $10.5 million last year.
Crystal also announced the addition of a second, refurbished thermoformer at Thermoflex Corp. in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Thermoflex is a joint venture between Crystal and Puerto Rico-based Flexible Packaging Group that makes packaging.
Mexican trade mission targets Detroit
DETROIT - Mexican auto parts suppliers eager to do business with U.S. firms will be in Detroit Nov. 27-28 as part of a trade mission sponsored by the Mexican government.
The Trade Commission of Mexico, also known as Bancomext, is bringing 18 suppliers to the Motor City who are interested in talking about joint ventures, direct supply and subcontracting. Several plastics firms are included in the supplier contingent.
For more information, contact Angel A. Rogerio or Teresa Geary at the trade mission's Chicago office at (312) 856-0316.