ATLANTA — A maker of plastic drums, Hoover Materials Handling Group Inc., will open a 120,000-square-foot plant and cleaning facility in Gurnee, Ill.
Hoover, based in Alpharetta, Ga., announced the news in Atlanta at SouthPack.
Hoover calls the Illinois facility a ``supercenter.'' The plant blow molds the polyethylene storage barrels, and also takes back used drums for cleaning and refurbishment. The company opened its first supercenter last summer in Charlotte, N.C.
President John Redmond said Hoover has evolved into a full-service company. ``The new facility provides a fully integrated approach to industrial packaging, encompassing distribution, collection and recycling,'' he said.
Hoover's Gurnee supercenter serves customers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Hoover runs six U.S. factories making drums and intermediate bulk containers. The company was founded in 1911 to make steel tanks. In 1977, the company's name was changed to Hoover Universal Inc. In mid-1985, Hoover became a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Controls Inc., but JCI sold the Hoover drum and IBC plants to an investor group. Hoover Materials Handling Group was formed at that time.
Hoover bought an IBC company in 1990. In the past two years, the company bought plastic drum blow molders Tubingen Plastics Group and Florida Drum Co. Inc., both of Charlotte, and the Endural vacuum formed container business from W.D. Adam. Endural, of Costa Mesa, Calif., makes specialty containers used in the automotive, aerospace and electronics industries.
At SouthPack, Endural displayed high density polyethylene cases for carrying automotive transmissions.