PureTec Corp., a major manufacturer of vinyl extruded products and recycled resin, is expanding operations at plants in Milan, Italy, and Sparks, Nev. The expansions are among several under way by PureTec, which is also a leading recycler of PET in North America.
The Ridgefield, N.J.-based company, which operates 25 plants worldwide, will add three extrusion lines at the Milan plant. The facility makes garden hose and interior tubing for writing pens, aerosol dispensers and medical products.
William Walkowiak, director of investor relations for PureTec, said the extrusion lines should be added by January, and help the company improve service to customers in southern and eastern Europe.
``Our Action Technology subsidiary is a major producer of hose, and the leading producer of the ink-bearing tubes inside pens,'' he said in a telephone interview.
The Italian expansion will enable the company to focus on medical products, including tubing, at its other European plant in Erembodegem, Bel-gium, on producing medical products, including tubing.
The company also is considering sites near Huntington, W.Va., to locate a recycling facility, Walkowiak said. PureTec operates recycling facilities in Grand Rapids, Flint and Livonia, Mich., and Farmington, N.Y.
Also planned is a specialty plastics compounding facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a $1 million expansion of PureTec's Sparks, Nev., plant, which makes garden hose and medical tubing.
Both of the latter projects are scheduled to be in operation by the first part of 1997.
The company also produces vinyl copolymer and dispersion resins for flooring, inks and coatings, vinyl compounds used for automotive components, computers and appliance, wire coatings and food packaging.