Nexus Plastics Inc. is opening a West Coast location to save shipping costs on film it ships to Silicon Valley companies and other customers.
Nexus started running its first blown film line in Ontario, Calif., in late July and expects its second to be running within a few weeks, according to Mary Esak, co-owner of the California operation.
Nexus eventually plans to install five extrusion lines at its leased, 25,000-square-foot building in Ontario, Esak said in a telephone interview from Nexus' Hawthorne, N.J., head office. One of the first new lines is a Reifenhauser system. The rest will be a combination of new lines and ones transferred from Hawthorne. Nexus will have a total of 31 lines when the Ontario operation is at full speed.
Esak said Nexus sells a lot of computer-related and clean room film in California. The firm also makes a variety of other types, including barrier, pallet overwrap and shrink film. Its main materials are polyethyelene, polypropylene and nylon.
The Hawthorne plant received ISO 9002 certification in June, and staff at Ontario will pursue the rating as well.
Esak, also Nexus' chief financial officer, is Nexus California's executive vice president. She is married to Ronald Esak, co-owner of Nexus.
Kari Sholakh, human resources manager at the Hawthorne operation, is president of Nexus California. Her husband, Marwan Sholakh, is Ronald Esak's partner in Nexus in New Jersey.
Mary Esak said she hopes the California business will be able to get government contracts. Two women own it, which should qualify it as a minority-owned business, she explained.
Nexus Plastics had sales of $24.1 million for the year ended Sept. 30 and predicts that sales will reach $26.1 million this fiscal year.
It employs 160 and processes about 37 million pounds of resin annually.