Newly formed Kemp Container LLC is using the ``largest cavitation blow molder for industrial round bottles on the West Coast,'' Dan Amend, sales director and part owner, said in a telephone interview.
The Valencia, Calif., processor began operating a Uniloy reciprocating-screw, intermittent extrusion blow molding system April 6 and began working around the clock in mid-May. The operation employs 25.
Kemp Container has acquired equipment worth $1.5 million, with about half the investment for the Uniloy machine and interchangeable molds. Other equipment handles upstream and downstream processes.
The plastics machinery division of Johnson Controls Inc. in Manchester, Mich., made the Uniloy machine, which has a 4-inch extruder and molds eight bottles weighing 4.2 ounces per cycle. It can mold gallon sizes of beehive industrial, smooth-shoulder industrial and wide-mouth containers with any of five neck finishes, said Marty Daily, JCI's West Coast representative.
Kemp formed in October to make blow molded bottles, initially for the California market. Amend targets food, cosmetic and chemical filling markets, including containers for salon consumables, bleach, sanitary cleaners and club-store sizes of fruit punch.
Principals besides Amend include Kemp Ipsen, operations director and part-owner, and Ernest Aguilar, president of packaging distributor Packaging Plus. EWMJ Inc. of Valencia owns Packaging Plus and created Kemp Container as a separate business entity.
For its start-up year, Kemp Container occupies part of Packaging Plus' 50,000-square-foot plant in a Valencia industrial park. Kemp intends to relocate to its own quarters within the Los Angeles market and acquire as many as three more Uniloy machines.
To make room for Kemp on an interim basis, Packaging Plus moved its distribution facility about two miles to a warehouse.