Thermoformer Alloyd Co. is spending $5 million to set up its first thin-gauge PVC sheet calendering line. All PVC sheet produced in-house at Alloyd's DeKalb, Ill., plant will be used mainly for blister packaging, according to Dale Meyer, chief executive officer. The company does not operate any other sheet lines.
``The addition of this line will give us 20 million pounds of PVC sheet production capacity, which is less than our usage. We will still be a very large net buyer of PVC roll stock,'' Meyer said last week by telephone from Alloyd's DeKalb headquarters.
To make room for the calendering line, the company broke ground Oct. 29 on a 20,000-square-foot addition at its 250,000-square-foot plant in DeKalb. The new equipment should be up and running by early next year, and Alloyd will hire about 40 new workers for the operation, he said.
The expansion is geared toward giving customers a lower-cost product in less time, Meyer said.
In 1995 the company had sales of about $44 million, tying it for 13th place in Plastics News' ranking of North American thermoformers. This year Alloyd will do about $54 million in thermoformed blister packs and clamshells, mainly for retail packaging, using PVC, polystyrene, PET and other materials, Meyer said. Its equipment division will do another $6 million or so in sales of collating, cartoning and sealing equipment for packaging operations. The firm's newest piece of equipment is a six-station machine for sealing plastic blisters to cards. About 100 people work in the machinery unit.
In all, Alloyd operates more than 60 vacuum formers and employs 500 at plants in DeKalb; Spartanburg, S.C.; Fontana, Calif.; and Branford, Conn., the site of its newest facility, opened in April 1995. The firm plans to add more thermoforming plant sites.
Meyer said, ``We are looking at a number of acquisitions.''