Ring Can Corp. plans to begin a $7 million expansion this month at its Chester, S.C., plant, which blow molds containers for the food industry.
The facility serves one customer, Eagle-brand foods, which is expanding.
``We are growing our business,'' Allen Steele, operations manager at the Ring Can plant, said in a telephone interview. ``This is a big venture for our customer. They are introducing new products; one is a nondairy product.''
With the option of adding about 50,000 square feet, Ring Can initially plans to add about 20,000 square feet. That will give the plant a total of 55,000 square feet. About 35 employees will be added during five years, doubling the staff at the plant.
Ring Can received property-tax breaks from Chester County.
At first, Ring Can will add an injection press and a blow molding machine. The plant has nine extrusion blow molding machines.
The expansion will introduce a new material — PET — to the Chester operation, which so far has blow molded only PVC.
``It was a joint decision with the customer,'' Steele said.
Ring Can, based in Oakland, Tenn., has 19 plants in North America. It molds PET, PVC and high density polyethylene for the beverage, food, household and agricultural chemical markets. With North American blow molding sales of $115 million for the year ended Nov. 30, the firm placed 16th in Plastics News' blow molders ranking.