Sigma Plastics Group of Lynd-hurst, N.J., is continuing with its stretch film expansion while one of its subsidiaries closes in on a deal to buy Tucker Housewares. Sigma Stretch Film will begin running its second stretch film line in Shelbyville, Ky., later this month. The cast line, and a blown film stretch line that started up last month, will give Shelbyville 35 million pounds of annual stretch film capacity, the firm announced March 29.
Sigma Stretch shares the facility with sister company Omega Plastics Corp., a retail bag manufacturer.
Per Nylen, Sigma Stretch executive vice president, said in a telephone interview that his company's expansion plan is unaffected by sister company Zeta Con-sumer Products Corp.'s deal to buy Tucker. Zeta and Tucker, a Mobil Chemical Co. unit, an-nounced the deal Feb. 28 and expect to complete it this month.
Nylen said Shelbyville will add another cast line and another blown film line within a year to boost stretch capacity to 90 million pounds a year. Shelbyville also is adding about 65,000 square feet of warehouse space to boost its total area to more than 260,000 square feet. Nylen would not disclose the cost of this or other Sigma Stretch expansions, which it first announced in late 1994.
Sigma Stretch plans to install two stretch film lines at Omega Plastics' plant in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., by the third quarter of this year, according to Nylen.
The Omega facility has enough space to accommodate the extra production.
According to Nylen, Sigma Stretch also plans to put in two stretch film lines at Cowansville, Quebec, by the third quarter of 1997.
It may need to expand space at that plant, which Sigma Plastics acquired from Union Carbide Corp. in 1994, he said.
Sigma Stretch's headquarters plant in Lyndhurst has four stretch film lines with annual capacity of about 50 million pounds. When the planned ex-pansions are completed, the company will have total stretch capacity of 210 million pounds per year.
Battenfeld Gloucester Engi-neering Co. Inc. is supplying all the new lines for Sigma Stretch.