Containers Northwest Corp. of Tumwater, Wash., announced plans to open a third PET bottle manufacturing facility. Called Containers West LLC, the new plant will be located in the East Bay area of Northern California. The exact location and cost of the plant has yet to be determined.
Plans call for the construction of a 100,000-square-foot building that will house the company's PET bottle manufacturing operations for carbonated beverages, water and other food applications. Bottle sizes will range from 12 ounces to 2 liters.
Dean Hebb, manager of marketing and sales development for the company, said the firm will continue to injection mold PET preforms at its Tumwater plant to supply the other facilities.
In April, the company announced plans for a plant in Tucson, Ariz., in a joint venture with Lane Sales Co., a Tucson Pepsi-Cola bottler. That plant, a 60,000-square-foot facility, is under construction.
Hebb said that the California plant is solely a project of Containers Northwest, and will open sometime in mid-1997. The company's strategy calls for putting plants in strategic geographic locations to supply its customers and to save on shipping costs.
The firm recently added new capacity of 600,000 bottles a day at its Tumwater plant in response to demand, Hebb added.
Containers Northwest tied for 25th place in Plastics News' 1995 ranking of North American blow molders, with sales of $50 million.