SHREVEPORT, LA. — Bag producer Ironclad Co. is moving production equipment and its corporate executive staff from Tustin, Calif., to Shreveport.
The firm said consolidation of extrusion and bag production in Shreveport will help it expand sales to grocery and drug chains in the Southeast. Its main customers are home centers, warehouse clubs and mass merchandisers. But the firm also has made inroads into grocery and drug chains in the Southwest, according to marketing manager Linda Desko.
Desko said Ironclad is selling some equipment at Tustin and moving the rest to Shreveport. The company expects to complete the consolidation in early 1999. She could not provide equipment details or how many jobs will be lost in Tustin, the smaller of Ironclad's two plants. Shreveport will add 10-20 employees for a total of about 200 after the move.
Privately held Ironclad sells consumer and commercial trash bags under Ironclad, IronSak and SuperStrong brand names. The company qualifies for $325,000 in Louisiana tax breaks for the relocation.