Corrugated-plastic converter Numatech Canada Inc. plans to set up a facility in Illinois this summer.
The Puslinch, Ontario, firm also announced June 10 that it acquired sister company KMP Plastics LLC of Fullerton, Calif., on June 1.
Brent Vickery, Numatech president and chief operating officer, said in a June 11 telephone interview that his company is looking at two potential locations for a Midwest operation: the Chicago area and East Moline, Ill.
Vickery expects that Numatech will enter into a lease within two months for a facility 20,000-60,000 square feet in size. He did not disclose the amount to be invested.
Numatech will begin with repair operations for Midwest customers and by November will install corrugated-sheet converting equipment at its third facility. Numatech makes reusable packaging for a range of industries, using corrugated polyolefins, polycarbonate and other resins.
Vickery said Numatech's KMP acquisition should help the two companies integrate operations and capitalize on expansion opportunities. Both firms are owned by corrugated- sheet extruder Matra Plast Industries Inc. of New York. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Matra Plast bought controlling interests in Numatech and KMP last year to gain downstream conversion operations. Numatech Canada is changing its name to Numatech Industries Inc.
Vickery said KMP management will continue at Fullerton's 65,000-square-foot operation. Numatech has 63,500 square feet in Puslinch.
In addition to converting corrugated plastics, Numatech stocks and services Xytec bulk containers from Perstorp Plastic Systems and makes triple-wall, corrugated-paper packs for automotive export packaging.
Privately held Matra extrudes multiwall PC, ABS, PET, polypropylene and polyethylene sheet at plants in Long Sault, Ontario, and Berthierville, Quebec.