PTP Industries Inc. aims to increase its western packaging business with its new operation in San Antonio. The privately held Baltimore firm started packaging CD-ROM discs, 31/2-inch computer disks and similar products in San Antonio the week of May 20, PTP President Bill Hartley said in a telephone interview. The Texas operation uses thermoformed PVC supplied from Baltimore and will specialize in software products packaging.
Hartley said his firm will invest more than $1 million in heat-sealing and other equipment in the 56,000-square-foot facility, which it began leasing in April. It is too early to know whether San Antonio will expand into thermoforming, he added. Initial employment is about 35.
San Antonio will serve PTP's customers in Texas and bring it closer to West Coast software firms, a key target market. One of PTP's major accounts is packaging and direct mail of disks for America Online Inc. AOL offers free software to customers who want to test its Internet services.
Hartley said PTP's Baltimore operation is a diverse thermoformer and packager for cosmetics, beverage and other industries. He predicted the company's sales could reach about $30 million this year, from about $24 million last year.
PTP was a subsidiary of Klearfold Inc. of Warrington, Pa., until about a month ago when PTP bought back its stock.