PVC Container Corp. is building a $5.5 million plant in Walterboro, S.C., to make PVC and high density polyethylene bottles and containers. The 61,000-square-foot plant is due for completion this summer and will increase the firm's capacity by 25 percent, said spokeswoman Gayle Jarema.
``When we reach full capacity the plant will be able to make about 100 million containers per year,'' Jarema said. ``It is on 8.8 acres of land so there is ample room for expansion.
The company extrusion blow molds PVC, high density polyethylene and glycol-modified PET bottles for the toiletries, cosmetic, household chemicals and other markets.
Phillip Friedman, president and chief executive of the Eatontown, N.J.-based firm, said it recently bought new injection stretch blow molding equipment. The machinery will expand the firm's reach in PET bottle markets, and allow it to manufacture bottles with recycled content.
``We chose Walterboro due to the proximity to an important long-term customer of the company, as well as situating the plant in a community that fulfills many of our requirements that will make this new blow molding facility a success,'' Friedman said.
As with PVC Container's Eatontown, and Paris, Ill., plants, the new facility will make all the company's product lines. The company also makes PVC specialty compounds and plastic alloys, which are marketed through its subsidiary, Novatec Plastics and Chemicals Co., also based in Eatontown.
The firm also makes fluorinated containers with enhanced barrier qualities at its Airopak Corp. subsidiary in Manchester, Pa.
PVC Container was 33rd in Plastics News' 1995 ranking of North American blow molders with $40 million in annual sales.