Packaging entrepreneur Jeffrey Berkley is consolidating operations in La Mirada, Calif. He heads three vertically integrated firms in packaging systems, contract packaging and medical-related manufacturing and packaging.
Recently, Berkley relocated all consumer thermoforming operations, including seven medical thermoforming machines that are finding a new home in a 4,500-square-foot clean room.
Medical packaging operations should be completely relocated from San Marcos, Calif., to La Mirada by July 4. Earlier, the contract packaging business, customer service and administrative functions moved, and Berkley made minor automation and tooling changes. All operations had been in San Marcos.
``This relocation gives us the ability to have common design tooling, maintenance and customer-service operations,'' Berkley said.
In July 1996, Berkley acquired Schneider Plastics Inc. and its San Marcos operations in three separate leased buildings totaling 27,000 square feet. Schneider Plastics was making medical trays and packaging on 14 lines with cut-in-place, in-line thermoform, roller-die and punch-press capabilities.
Berkley Medical Industries LLC was formed with this acquisition.
With no room for expansion and looking at future production needs, Berkley decided to consolidate operations, he said.
``In addition, we are looking at new in-line automated thermoforming equipment.''
Some of 70 employees at the San Marcos site plan to relocate with the business. Schneider Plastics had employed about 110.
Berkley Medical Industries hired Joe Campbell in February as quality resources manager with responsibility for thermoforming operations, training and setting quality guidelines. Previously, he managed quality resources in the Sparks, Nev., facility of Plastofilm Industries Inc.
The 193,000-square-foot La Mirada facility houses two other Berkley companies.
Conceptual Design Industries designs, sources and manufactures packaging systems, and Berkley Packaging Industries LLC provides contract packaging and light assembly services. Together, the three companies reported 1996 sales of about $30.7 million.