Linpac Materials Handling is building its second injection molding plant to handle growth in reusable container sales.
The Georgetown, Ky., firm plans to spend $15 million to construct a 93,000-square-foot facility in Bardstown, Ky., and equip it with four structural foam molding presses.
Anticipated expansion could lead to another $23 million in investment there during three years after the plant starts operating next spring.
Marketing manager David Stewart said the 4-year-old Georgetown operation is running at capacity despite a recent expansion, and has no more room to expand. A new facility with the latest equipment also will be more efficient, he said in a telephone interview.
Linpac is buying three Uniloy Milacron structural foam presses and a Wilmington machine. Two presses will have 1,000 tons of clamping force with extra-wide platens. Other presses slated for installation initially are a 750-ton machine with a wide platen and a 500-ton press. The firm estimates the new equipment will boost capacity by 50 percent.
Local governments offered Linpac $6 million in tax breaks over several years to locate in Bardstown, which is about 70 miles from Georgetown. Linpac will be the first firm to locate in the new Wilson Industrial Park.
Linpac makes high density polyethylene containers as large as 70 by 48 inches and in heights up to 50 inches. Its key markets include automotive, plastics, chemicals, textiles, industrial equipment and appliance components.
Formerly known as Ropak Corp., Linpac changed its name earlier this year to reflect its ownership by Linpac Group of Louth, England, which bought Ropak four years ago.
Linpac expects to start with 85 employees in Bardstown. Its 150,000-square-foot Georgetown plant employs about 200.