Clawson Container Co. will build a new plant that will help the company enter the blow molding area and expand its plastic product line.
The company, based in Clarkston, Mich., will invest $7.5 million in the new facility and equipment to make intermediate-size bulk containers from high density polyethylene. The plant, scheduled to open in January, will employ about 26, said marketing manager Don Andersen.
Clawson Container now makes heavy-grade containers as large as 550 gallons and small shipping containers starting at 180 gallons, Andersen said. It rotomolds those HDPE containers at a plant in Mancelona, Mich.
The new, 275-gallon containers will be blow molded and secured inside a square, tubular-steel cage, Andersen said. The containers then will be attached to wood or steel pallets.
The new products use a design licensed by Fustiplast SpA of Bottanuco, Italy and are popular in Europe, Andersen said. The containers are used to ship chemicals, food, paints, adhesives and beverages, he added.
The 32,500-square-foot plant, near company headquarters in Clarkston, will include automated equipment and a testing lab.
He did not disclose the number of blow molding machines at the new facility. Construction began in June.
The company also has created a new subsidiary, IBC North America Inc., to produce the intermediate bulk containers. The firm plans to open other plant locations for the product as demand warrants, he said.
Clawson would not disclose sales figures for the 52-year-old, family-owned company. The firm also makes underground and above-ground steel storage tanks.