FRANKLIN, MASS. - National dairy producer and container maker Garelick Farms Inc. this fall will open an affiliated company in North Carolina to make bottles and dairy containers. Norman Carr, president of Franklin-based Garelick's plastics management group, said the company, to be called N.C. Plastics, will be established in a 30,000—square-foot, refurbished warehouse in Greensboro, N.C. Carr said that while N.C. Plastics shares the same ownership as Garelick, it will function as an independent firm, serving customers outside of Garelick's filling operations.
With total 1995 sales of about $200 million, Garelick operates 13 other plants nationwide, combining dairy and water filling operations with container-making. The firm also supplies containers to other filling operations.
Carr said the $4 million N.C. Plastics facility initially will make blow molded high density polyethylene dairy containers, but the company has purchased PET processing machinery that it will install there and at other locations to make PET water bottles. Garelick makes PET bottles at some of its existing plants.
``We saw an excellent opportunity in the Carolinas,'' Carr said. ``The local development agency provided us with a partially renovated building that was perfect for our needs.''