STERLING HEIGHTS, MICH.-Cadillac Products Inc. is installing plastics recycling equipment that it will use to boost recycled content in a variety of proprietary thermoformed products. The equipment, with a capacity of 20 million pounds per year, will be housed in a 32,000-square-foot plant in Sterling Heights.
The expansion was possible because of a $5.1 million Solid Waste Alternatives Program grant awarded in April 1995 by the state of Michigan.
Cadillac Products, based in Troy, Mich., manufactures high density polyethylene trash container lids, truck bed liners and pallets used primarily for holding and shipping food products.
The pallets weigh only 19 pounds compared to wooden pallets of the same size that weigh up to 60 pounds. Because pallets are black, they can be made from all different types of plastic.
``We don't need clear stuff,'' said Michael Moffitt, director of government contracts.
The new reprocessing machinery and extrusion line is capable of varying the amount of recycled material used, depending on the end product and the strength required. Cadillac will hire more workers.