Packaging Resources Inc. plans to establish a presence in the West with a new plant in Phoenix.
The leased, 200,000-square-foot plant will have its first lines operating in November, Donald MacLaughlin, vice president of western operations, said by telephone. It will have a strong graphics and printing department and start with 100 workers.
``The plant's need to be there is fueled by growth and not built on speculation,'' he said. ``We expect to grow. That's why we chose a plant as large as it is.''
PRI's processes include barrier coextrusion, injection molding and thermoforming of high density polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene. MacLaughlin said the Phoenix plant could house all three processes.
``We are one of the few companies with that broad a technical base,'' he said. ``It's unique to have all three and to like them equally well.''
PRI has plants in Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The new plant will serve new and existing customers on the West Coast. PRI manufactures products such as injection molded and thermoformed drink cups, yogurt and dairy containers and lids.
MacLaughlin declined to disclose the amount invested.
PRI, based in Lake Forest, Ill., reported total sales of about $125 million for the year ended Feb. 28. This year, the firm ranked No. 19 with thermoforming sales of $50 million, and No. 69 with injection molding sales of $75 million, in Plastics News' rankings of North American thermoformers and injection molders.