MERIDIEN, IDAHO - Friedman Bag Co. is building an office and warehouse in Meridien, where it exited vegetable bag production in mid-March. Lonnie Jesser, general manager for the Meridien operation, said it will focus on distributing bags made by sister operations, and on distributing stretch wrap, tape and machinery for bagging, wrapping and taping. Meridien has plants at its headquarters in Los Angeles and in Portland, Ore.
Meridien stopped producing bags because it lacked flexographic printing capability in-creasingly demanded by customers. The Los Angeles plant recently invested about $1 million in such equipment and does film extrusion for captive conversion to bags. Friedman makes polyethylene bags, woven polypropylene bags, stretch film and carton sealing tape. It rounds out its product line with traditional textile and onion bags.
Jesser said Friedman will keep the existing, 38,000-square-foot facility ready in case the company needs it in the future for manufacturing. He did not provide a cost estimate for the 16,000-square-foot addition the firm will use for an office and warehouse when it opens in August.