A conyeyor carries PET soft drink bottles at Schmalbach-Lubeca Plastic Containers U.S.A. Inc.'s plant in Pine Brook, N.J. Pine Brook was just one of 16 plants Schmalbach-Lubeca acquired when it bought Johnson Controls Inc.'s Plasti c Containers Division early this year. The JCI deal vaulted Schmalbach, then a blow molding giant mainly of packaging in Europe, into Plastics News' No. 2 spot for North American bottle blow molders, with an estimated $695 million in sales. The company's parent, Schmalbach-Lubeca AG, is based in Ratingen, Germany.
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