Mid South Extrusion Inc. of Monroe, La., is expanding both its capacity and its market reach for film while centralizing its new recycling operations.
Mid South is adding a fifth blown film line, anchored by a three-layer, $2.5 million Davis-Standard extruder, the firm said.
Film capacity of 26 million pounds will expand to 40 million pounds of high, low and linear low density polyethylene annually. The firm will add 10 employees.
``We feel that this investment will allow us to open some doors in more-specialized markets, as well as maintain market share in existing markets,'' Ron Mason, Mid South vice president of operations, said in a news release. ``We have found that some markets are moving from monolayer films toward coextruded films.''
The new Davis-Standard machine, which will be up and running by January, gives Mid South its first coextrusion capability.
``Our research and development department will be developing new products for the medical, agriculture, carpet and foam industries,'' sales manager Edd Greer said by telephone.
The firm's 50,000-square-foot film production plant did not need to be expanded for the additional machinery, but the floor plan has been growing in other ways.
Its Mid South Converting LLC division, which recycles post-industrial PE bag wastes into resin pellets, has moved next door to the film plant from its original West Monroe, La., site. Mid South bought the operation in June 1996.
``We combined both plants within the past six months,'' Greer said. ``We're doing between 21/2 [million] and 3 million pounds a month'' in toll recycling.
The company employs about 70 for its film operations and another 30 for its recycling unit.
Mid South also operates its own 10-truck distribution fleet, which moves about 95 percent of the company's products to customers in 46 states, Greer said.
Mid South reported $17.1 million in 1996 film sales.