RIPON, WIS. — Creative Forming Inc. is spending as much as $500,000 to expand manufacturing and enter the cut-sheet market.
The Ripon-based firm installed a sheeter to cut roll stock into single sheets for sale to signage companies and thermoformers. It also has purchased new racking systems to meet growing orders, according to Marc DeGroot, manager of marketing and customer support.
Creative is investing another $2 million to add 52,000 square feet of production and warehouse space to boost its facility's size to 170,000 square feet, DeGroot said in a telephone interview. It expects to complete the addition by October. The project includes a redesigned area for slitting roll stock, a new laboratory and a loading dock with five bays.
Packaging has been Creative's main growth market. The company has three sheet extrusion lines for merchant sales and captive thermoforming on its 10 thermoforming machines. The company specializes in PET and recycled PET and does a mixture of custom and proprietary production. Its sheet extrusion division, also at the Ripon facility, is called Alphatec Extrusion.