Nan Ya Plastics Corp. will invest about $40 million to add four PVC film calendering lines at its Batchelor, La., plant. The first of the new Batchelor lines started up Aug. 19, and the firm expects to add three more by February, said Paul Huang, project manager. The plant will hire roughly 24 people per line, he said. It currently employs about 270.
When completed, the expansion will bring annual PVC film capacity at Batchelor to more than 200 million pounds, Huang said.
If market conditions warrant, Nan Ya will add two more PVC film lines at the 31,500-square-foot plant sometime next year, he noted.
Currently Nan Ya operates seven PVC calendering lines at Batchelor, and another 10 at a facility in Wharton, Texas. Together the two sites employ about 630. Nan Ya's film sales totaled $189.8 million in 1995 for applications that include pond and swimming pool liners, raincoats, tablecloths, luggage, personal care an d household packaging, bookbinders and laminations, Huang said.
A third plant, in Lake City, S.C., produces polyester fiber. Nan Ya's U.S. base is in Livingston, N.J. Sister firm Inteplast Corp., also headquartered in Livingston, makes PVC sheet, polyethylene film, bags and sheet, biaxially oriented polypropylene film and PP sheet.
Both Nan Ya and Inteplast are affiliates of Formosa Group, a Taipei, Taiwan-based manufacturer of petrochemicals and plastics.