Atlantis Plastics Inc. plans within the next 30-60 days to select a site to manufacture linear low density polyethylene film on the West Coast. The firm also is adding cast film capacity at its Nicholasville, Ky., facility.
The firm has not decided whether to build, buy or lease a building on the West Coast. The operation will have space for two or three extrusion lines, plus room for growth, said Anthony Bova, Atlantis' president and chief executive officer.
``We serve many customers across the country and on the West Coast,'' he said in a telephone interview. ``This is an answer to customers asking when we will be manufacturing on the West Coast. Currently, we serve these customers from our Tulsa [Okla.] facility. This will be infinitely better from a service and cost standpoint.''
The operation will produce pallet wrap, including both machine- and hand-wrapping varieties.
The Atlanta-based company expects the West Coast operation to be producing film by the end of the year. It will make between 40 million and 50 million pounds per year of LLDPE.
Of the firm's $250.8 million total sales in 1998, stretch film accounted for 45-50 percent, Bova said. The company operates two stretch-film plants in Tulsa and one in Nicholasville.
At Nicholasville, the company will add a new cast-film extruder by the end of the year. Atlantis plans to invest about $5 million in the new equipment.
``We've had tremendous growth nationally,'' Bova said. ``It makes the most sense with our existing growth, mainly on the West Coast and in the Midwest to Northeast corridor.''