PHILADELPHIA - With its new parent company eager to expand in the health-care packaging field, IP Jaycare will triple its manufacturing space in a move to Saddle-brook, N.J., now under way. IP's move to a 100,000-square-foot former Clairol Products Inc. building in Saddlebrook from its current 70,000-square-foot location in Paterson, N.J., is the latest development for the 25-year-old injection blow molder of over-the-counter drug containers. The company was purchased in July by British carton and plastic manufacturing giant John Waddington plc for a reported $30.7 million. At that time, the company's name changed from IP Container Corp.
``It's a 20-minute commute. We won't be losing people,'' said Doug Ellis, IP Jaycare vice president of sales and marketing.``Waddington has committed capital for 1996 of 25 percent of IP Jaycare's total sales.''
The company made its an-nouncement at EastPack, held March 19-21 in Philadelphia.
IP Jaycare now employs 200 and may hire more as conditions permit, Ellis said, adding, ``We will be taking advantage of the efficiencies of the greater space.''
Also, the facility will allow IP Jaycare to consolidate what Ellis called its ``disjointed'' warehousing. Additional pluses of the new facility are high ceilings, allowing greater inventory, he said.
Started in 1971, the company since has specialized in rigid plastic containers made on its ``modular mold'' system, which allows injection blow molding of 24 molds on one frame - each capable of producing a different size, shape or weight container - simultaneously.
The capability allows small runs with fast turnaround and the manufacture of specialty bottles, Ellis said. For example, the company recently ran 100,000 units of a nutrition supplement bottle carrying fitness guru Richard Sim-mons' signature. From design to completion, the container was released in 12 weeks with an initial mold cost of $3,000.
Now, an increasing amount of IP Jaycare's business will be the production of tamper-evident and child-resistant packaging, in its new role as the U.S. branch of Waddington's Jaycare Group. Its other half is Jaycare Ltd. in North Shields, northwest of London. That company, also bought last year by Waddington, makes pharmaceutical packaging through injection molding and injection and extrusion blow molding.
With the addition of extrusion blow molding to the U.S. operation, IP Jaycare hopes to double its current business in three to five years - and triple it in eight, Ellis said. Extrusion blow molding also will allow the regular manufacture of bottles as large as 421/2 ounces from the 163/4-ounce size now regularly made, Ellis said. Most polyethylene resins are used in IP packaging, he said.
Ellis, a former president of Admiral Plastics in New York, came to IP from Setco Inc., a division of competitor McCormick & Co. of Anaheim, Calif., during the purchase by Waddington.
William Leeds, who co-founded IP Container, remains as president, as does Arlene Strikowsky, vice president of operations.
IP Jaycare is one of five thermoforming, injection molding and blow molding operations of the Waddington Group of Leeds, England, in the United States. To-gether, the five U.S. incorporated operations - IP; Comet Products Inc. of Chelmsford, Mass.; Comet California Cutlery Corp. of City of Industry, Calif.; Carthage Cup Co. of Longview, Texas; and Hopple Plastics Inc. of Florence, Ky. - provide Waddington with 27.5 percent of its $356.4 million in 1995 sales. Waddington sales for 1996 may top the $475 million mark, Ellis said.
Waddington's plastics manufacturing operations also include Plastona Ltd. in Leeds and Arcol Thermoplastics Ltd. in Glasgow, Scotland.
Altogether, plastic packaging is 47.2 percent of Waddington's total business; the remainder is specialty and label printing and paper and paperboard packaging.