World Class Film Corp. will expand its new Barrier Films Corp. subsidiary about a month after purchasing the Sparks, Nev., operation.
Ronnie Shemesh, World Class managing director, said his firm is installing a new, five-layer blown film line supplied by Superior-MPM Plastics Machinery Inc. of Middlesex, N.J. It also plans to install a new, seven-layer blown film line at Sparks by early August, Shemesh said in a telephone interview from World Class' Yonkers, N.Y., head office.
The company could spend about $10 million on these and other expansions at Sparks, which now makes three- and five-layer constructions.
Barrier films are a new market for World Class. The Sparks plant makes multilayer film for modified-atmosphere packaging for produce, meat and cheese markets. World Class extrudes mono-and three-layer polyethylene films at Yonkers and at Flemington, N.J., for laminations, metalizing and masking applications.
World Class bought Barrier Films for undisclosed terms May 23 from Outlook Group of Menasha, Wis. Outlook Group had bought Barrier Films about two years ago to diversify its packaging and graphics business, but last year decided to retrench to its core businesses. World Class agreed to supply films to Outlook Group's Oak Creek, Wis., operation for packaging applications.
Shemesh said his firm will keep Barrier Films' name and management. World Class will add 28,000 square feet of new warehousing space at Sparks and use the existing warehousing area for expanded manufacturing.
Sparks is well-positioned to serve the West Coast's fast-growing produce packaging market, Shemesh said. Annual sales for privately held World Class before the acquisition were about $35 million, all in film extrusion.