Plastics News reporter Steve Toloken wrote the following briefs from the May 19-21 Eastpack show in Philadelphia.
Flex Products Inc. getting larger plant
Growth in its extruded packaging, injection molding and printing businesses is pushing Flex Products Inc. to move into a new plant in Carlstadt, N.J., that is double the size of its current facility.
The 70,000-square-foot plant will provide room for two more extruders, giving the firm six, and three more injection molding machines, giving it 20, said Edward Friedhoff, president and chief operating officer. The company uses polyethylenes, polypropylene and various types of cellulose to make packaging and closures and does printing and contract assembly.
The move should be completed by October 1999, Friedhoff said.
The company has about $9 million in annual sales.
Polyfoam to triple manufacturing space
Custom expanded polystyrene fabricator Polyfoam Corp. in Northbridge, Mass., plans an expansion that will triple its manufacturing floor space. The move will give the company about 15,000 square feet for manufacturing, said Fred Scott, vice president.
The firm is building the expansion next to its current building, a 140,000-square-foot structure that is mostly warehouse space.
The firm has 13 steam chest molding machines and could add one or two more as part of the expansion, which should be completed in spring 1999, Scott said. The expansion will cost about $1 million.
Polyair to expand plant, add extruder
Polyair Packaging plans to add an extruder to its Atlanta facility, and double the size of that plant to 80,000 square feet. The moves will give it service and lead times matching what the firm does in the rest of the United States, said President Alan Castle.
Polyair is a division of Cantar/Polyair Canada Ltd. in Toronto, but 87 percent of its business is in the United States, company officials said.
The extruder will make 8-foot-wide sheet for bubble protective packaging out of a blend of low and linear low density polyethylene.
The expansion will cost $1.5 million. Polyair also plans to have its shares listed on a New York exchange, officials said.