Southern Film boosts extrusion capability
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Southern Film Extruders of High Point is adding $1.5 million in machinery to its 27 extrusion lines.
The company added an extruder in September at High Point and plans to add another one in October at Fort Pierce, Fla.
The plants did not need to be expanded for the additions, according to Tom Chastain, vice president of sales. However, adding more machines would require an expansion, he said.
The firm makes low density polyethylene packaging and laminating films. Currently, the company has a throughput of about 52 million pounds per year, but with the two new machines there should be an additional 14 million pounds per year, Chastain said.
Both plants are scheduled for expansion next year. The High Point facility is about 60,000 square feet, and the Fort Pierce plant is 50,000 square feet.
The company had 1996 sales of $45 million.
Farber upgrades with higher-capacity unit
FREEPORT, N.Y. — Farber Plastics Inc. of Freeport bought a used extruder for $300,000 to replace an older model.
The newer machine, which has been running since August, has more capacity than the old one, said Lewis Farber, vice president. The 35,000-square-foot facility had room for the machine.
The firm has four extruders and annual throughput of 6.5 million pounds. Farber, which makes polystyrene sheet, had 1996 sales of $6.2 million.
Essex Plastics plans 2 plant expansions
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. — Film producer Essex Plastics Inc. of Pompano Beach plans to expand its two plants during the next couple years.
The Pompano Beach facility is currently 120,000 square feet, but it will be 185,000 square feet when done. The firm's Nashville, Tenn., site is 45,000 square feet and will be expanded to 105,000 square feet.
According to President Aubrey Strul, the Nashville plant will be completed in two years, and the Pompano Beach plant will be done in two and a half years. The company has just completed building seven storage silos at both facilities. It also just completed a $1.3 million material-handling operation in Nashville.
The company, which has 37 extrusion lines and 300 employees, had 1996 film sales of $82 million. It does plan to add more machines and employees in the future, but did not disclose details.
Rex-Rosenlew adds space, equipment
LONGVIEW, TEXAS — Rex-Rosenlew International Inc. of Thomasville, N.C., is expanding capacity at its Longview facility.
The facility was expanded to 50,000 square feet last year and will house new extruders. A company spokesman would not disclose the number of machines, but said the project should be complete in the fourth quarter of 1997 at a cost of several million dollars.
The company has 21 lines and annual throughput of 55 million pounds.
Rex-Rosenlew, which had 1996 sales of $45.8 million, said it plans to add to its staff of 272, but numbers have not been determined.
PMC Film gets new cast film extruder
TOTTENHAM, ONTARIO — PMC Film Canada Inc. of Tottenham is installing a cast film extrusion line that will be operational in early 1998.
The used machine will run PET first, and then if there are no difficulties, the company said it may start running other polymers.
``We feel the demand is there,'' said plant manager Phil Brearton.
The 73,000-square-foot facility already could handle the third line. If more equipment is added, the plant will have to expand.
The company has 55 employees, but plans to have more than 70 by the end of the year.
Cost of the expansions was not disclosed. PMC reported 1996 sales of C$18 million (US$13.2 million) and said it expects 1997 sales of C$21 million (US$15.4 million).