BLOOMER, WIS.—Bloomer Plastics Inc. plans to spend more than $3 million to expand its cast film plant in Bloomer.
The privately held firm will buy two 41/2-inch extrusion lines from an undetermined supplier and have them running by June, said President Dave West. He predicts the program will boost capacity 10 million pounds a year.
Bloomer now has seven cast film lines and processed 24 million pounds of polyolefins in 1997. It doubled its space to 80,000 square feet last year in anticipation of adding more machinery.
West said high-growth areas for Bloomer's films include industrial release liners and medical products, and vinyl film replacement in medical and consumer products. It recorded sales of $20 million last year, up from $18.7 million in 1996. The firm sells to a range of markets, including geomembrane, aerospace and marine.
Bloomer makes monolayer films from polyethylene and polypropylene and does laminating, slitting and folding. West and his brother own the company, started by their father in 1971. It employs 56.