CDF Corp., which makes vacuum formed and heat-sealed plastic liners for industrial drums and pails, has opened a blow molding division. Last month, the Plymouth, Mass., company began extrusion blow molding of liners for plastic, steel and fiber drums at its headquarters plant, using equipment purchased earlier this year from Sonoco Products Co. Inc. of Hartsville, S.C.
With the Sonoco blow molding machine comes a piece of business from that firm's Industrial Containers division, according to Karl Svendsen, the division's vice president of operations. Before the sale Sonoco had been using the machine at its Tonawanda, N.Y., plant to blow mold inserts for its own fiber drums, and since has outsourced that work with CDF, he said.
``It got to be a fairly small volume for us,'' Svendsen said in a recent interview. ``We weren't using the machine but one shift.''
CDF is hiring eight workers to staff the newly formed CDF Industrial Container Inc., which will blow mold open-top liners for steel, plastic and fiber drums as well as heavy bottles used in composite drum packages, the company said in a news release. Early this year it opened its first out-of-state sales offices, in Atlanta and Chicago.
``We plan to use blow molding technology where extra performance in packaging integrity and durability is required,'' Laura Sullivan, who heads the division, said in the release.
CDF does both custom and proprietary manufacturing of plastic inserts for containers used in the petroleum, food and paint industries, among others, according to spokeswoman Bonnie Bradford. She could not disclose the company's sales, or the cost of the new equipment.
Sullivan, who is CDF's vice president, was unavailable for comment; her brother Joe is president of the 20-year-old firm.
The firm employs about 80.