MIAMI - Draining liquid from the space shuttle or from a jungle full of wild animals is a growing trend in America, or so Sippers by Design Inc. hopes. The 5-year-old Miami-based injection and blow molder is adding machinery to increase production of its brand of custom drink containers.
Lisa Dominique, co-owner of Sippers, said the company will add a third Rocheleau blow molding line at its 6,600-square-foot Miami plant by April to keep pace with orders from the zoos and theme and amusement parks that make up the company's customer base.
The firm's ``jungle mugs'' are in use at places such as Busch Gardens and the Columbus, Ohio, zoo. The bright high density polyethylene and polystyrene containers are molded in the shape of jungle animals, or decorated with carousel horses, according to customers' wishes.
``We are working on a container shaped like the space shuttle for the Kennedy Space Center here in Florida,'' Dominique said in a telephone interview. ``We also make closures for the containers.''
She declined to discuss the cost of the additional equipment.
Sippers made about 2.5 million containers last year, and about twice as many injection molded caps. It has one 75-ton Newbury injection molding line to handle the cap production. The firm also has full printing capability.
``We're hoping that people continue to like to drink from mugs that feature their favorite sports team, or their favorite wild animal,'' she said.