ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Some people just can't get used to the idea of buying non-PVC bottles from PVC Container Corp. — so it is forming a subsidiary with the more generic name of Novapak Corp.
For the company's first 14 years, it made only PVC bottles. In 1982 it moved into high density polyethylene bottle production; in the 1990s the firm began making glycol-modified PET, polypropylene and biaxially oriented PET bottles.
``With a name like PVC Container Corp., people would come to us whenever they wanted bottles made from PVC,'' Walter Hoagland, Novapak vice president of sales and marketing, said at Westpack in Anaheim. ``But when companies thought of making bottles from PET, PP, HDPE or anything else, they went to someone else.''
He added that the Eatontown, N.J.-based parent may change its name, too. One option is to conduct business as PVCC Corp., its Nasdaq ticker symbol.
Novapak operates three extrusion blow molding plants, including its 140,000-square-foot Eatontown headquarters. Its other plants are a 65,000-square-foot plant in Walterboro, S.C., and a 125,000-square-foot facility in Paris, Ill. Officials would not reveal the number of machines in each plant, but they said Novapak employs 350-400.
Airopak, a division that makes industrial containers, plans to add its seventh extrusion blow molding machine at its Manchester, Pa., facility by the first of the year. The Bekum machine will be used for in-line fluorination. The unit employs 120.
PVC Container's third subsidiary, Novatech, compounds mainly PVC and PVC alloys in Eatontown. The parent firm reported sales of $58.4 million for the year ended June 30.