CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The National Association for Plastic Container Recovery has four new members. They are: Grafco Industries of Hanover, Md.; Nan Ya Plastics Corp. America of Lake City, S.C.; Plastipak Packaging Inc. of Plymouth, Mich.; and Watertown, Wis.-based Wis-Pak Plastics Inc.
Charlotte-based NAPCOR has about 20 company members.
HOUSTON - Longwood Plastics has recently become incorporated in Mexico.
The Houston-based recycler has four plants, three in Houston and one in Mexico City, and a total of 45 employees. The 20,000-square-foot Mexico City plant recycles three to four truckloads of high density polyethylene grocery bags per month. That is Longwood's only post-consumer reprocessing.
The company also collects polycarbonate water bottles and nylon products and ships them to Houston to be recycled.
Longwood recycles about 25 million pounds per year of mostly post-industrial polyethylene, flexible and rigid PVC and PC. The company sells flake and pellets to compounders and extruders and exports some flexible PVC. Altogether, Longwood has seven grinders, two washing lines and two balers. The firm expects sales of $4.5 million this year.
HANOVER, MD. - DowBrands has converted the packaging for its Pine Powder-brand disinfectant cleaner from PVC to post-consumer recycled PET, Dow's first such conversion.
DowBrands had several criteria in changing to PET. It needed to be done smoothly to meet distribution deadlines and have consistent quality.
The company also wanted to improve the barrier properties of the packaging. The strength of PET was found to be effective in preventing breakage and leakage with a chlorine-based product.
DowBrands chose Grafco Industries, a Hanover-based PET bottle manufacturer, to make the Pine Powder-brand bottles. Grafco was able to use existing preforms to meet Dow's specifications, which cut lead time, Ed Logue, Grafco's vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release.
The bottles are produced in two sizes, 15 and 28 ounces. Grafco began producing the PET bottles for Dow in late spring.
``With this conversion, we now have lightweight, durable bottles that are attractive to consumers, with the recyclability which is an increasingly important factor,'' said Dow spokesman Brett Black.
IOWA FALLS, IOWA - Plastic Recycling Inc. announced the resignation of President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Kunz. No one has been named as a replacement.
The company had sales of $2 million to $3 million last year. The company changed its name to Plastic Recycling Inc. in 1995.
The company recycles low and high density polyethylene into lumber products such as benches and speed bumps and custom molded products.
It also named Graham Welsh to the board of directors.