Indiana Bottle Co. plans to buy three more blow molding machines for its recently opened facility in Quitman, Ga.
The Scottsburg, Ind.-based firm has seven reconditioned blow molding machines at the site, which opened early in April, sales manager Mike McCarty said by telephone. By year-end, it expects to have 10 machines in Quitman.
Indiana Bottle bought a 17,000-square-foot plant for about $95,000 and spent another $300,000 to equip it and convert it to a blow molding facility, McCarty said. Each current machine can make more than 1 million bottles a year up to a gallon in size
Indiana Bottle said last year it was looking to Florida for its second facility. McCarty said the company chose Quitman because it is close to the Florida border and Georgia has an aggressive site selection program. The Quitman area also has an abundance of skilled labor laid off from textile industries, he added.
McCarty said his firm will focus on supplying bottles for automotive aftermarket fluids but will branch out into food, pharmaceutical and personal-care packaging. Indiana Bottle already had developed business in Florida and will target Atlanta markets. It specializes in small-lot production of specialty color containers.
McCarty predicted the second operation will help bring down lead times. The private firm runs 10 blow molding machines at its Scottsburg operation and has annual sales exceeding $2 million.