In its first move outside the United States, major sheet extruder Primex Plastics Corp. is establishing an Aycliffe, England, facility where it eventually expects to employ 51 and have three manufacturing lines.
The firm hopes to have the plant producing 16.6 million pounds of high-molecular-weight high density polyethylene sheet by 2000, according to Chairman Paul Bertsch.
Currently, Primex ships about 2.6 million pounds of sheet per year to Europe from production sites in the United States. Primex is investing about $7 million in the plant and equipment.
England's Department of Trade and Industry approved a $409,000 grant for plant and equipment purchases.
Based in Richmond, Ind., Primex operates about 80 extrusion lines at plants in Garfield, N.J.; Richmond, Ind.; Oakwood, Ga.; Mesquite, Nev.; and, since an October opening, Corsicana, Texas. Primex ranked 24th in Plastics News' most recent survey of North American film and sheet producers, with sales of $202.8 million. The firm ranked third in sheet sales.
The Texas plant has two lines in production, and expects a third to be fully operational in late August and a fourth by year-end, Tony Lisauskas, Primex president, said in a telephone interview.
Also, Primex owns sheet manufacturer Pace Industries Inc. of Reedsburg, Wis.; extruded plastics printer and fabricator Woodruff Corp. of Richmond; and colorant supplier O'Neil Color & Compounding of Garfield and Jasper, Tenn.
Primex Plastics is a subsidiary of privately held ICC Industries Inc. of New York.