CARROLLTON, TEXAS - Polyethylene film manufacturer Heritage Bag Co. will break ground late this month for a $10 million plant designed to replace an existing plant. The new plant, located in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will begin production in six months, according to President Carl Allen. The 150,000-square-foot plant will replace the current 55,000-square-foot plant in Commerce, Calif. Some 50 employees will be transferred to the new plant.
Allen would not disclose the number of lines to be installed in the Rancho Cucamonga plant.
Heritage Bag, based in Carrollton, has five plants with 41 lines and serves the food packaging, medical and trash bag markets. The plants in Carrollton, Commerce, College Park, Ga., Fairfield, Ohio, and Bridgeton, N.J., have a total of 343 employees. The company reported sales of $112 million last year.
DENVER - Two plastic sheet manufacturers joined forces July 10, and plan an expansion.
Plastic Slip Sheets USA's parent company, Eaglestone Plastics, a holding firm, purchased Baron Industries. The management is in the process of being combined.
Plastic Slip Sheets of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Denver-based Baron Industries work as one company under common ownership. The firm, called Baron Enterprises, is located in Denver.
The merged firm is investigating possible sites in the East for a new plant, the company said. The proposed plant, set to open next summer, will be at least 50,000 square feet and have two 6-inch extrusion lines, the company said. It will employ about 30.
Currently, the firm has eight extrusion lines and just more than 80 employees. It reported sales of $15 million for the year ended July 31. It serves the food-packaging, medical, electrical, plumbing, building, industrial and agricultural industries. Its plants are in Twin Falls, Houston and Denver.
Liner maker Mohawk
continues expansionBERNARDSTON, MASS. - Since a February 1994 fire destroyed its plant in Bernardston, Mohawk Plastics has made a remarkable comeback, posting a sales increase of $10 million in one year.
For the fiscal year ended May 31, 1995, Mohawk reported sales of $9.5 million. This year, the firm reported sales of $19.5 million in Plastics News' ranking of North American film and sheet manufacturers. President Terry Anderson attributes the growth to aggressive pursuit of new business and expanding sales geographically.
The firm spent $3 million to rebuild the plant in Bernardston, and began production in September 1994. Nearly two years later, the firm opened its second plant in Riviera Beach, Fla., and will add four lines to the existing eight by the middle of next year.
Mohawk Plastics also plans to open a third plant between St. Louis and Indianapolis in 1997. It will be about 30,000 square feet, have four extrusion lines and employ 20-30.
Mohawk Plastics, which focuses on the trash liner industry, makes all types of liners.
``We try to keep our relationship with our customer base tight,'' Anderson said. ``Our goal is to be a one-stop shop; we make individual folded liners, liners on a roll and ones made from high density, linear low density and reprocessed polyethylene.''