Mega Plastics Inc., a film processor in Clinton, Miss., plans to add a new extrusion line by the end of the year that will move the firm into the multilayer market. The firm — which supplies industrial liners and box liners made of low and linear low density polyethylene to the poultry and seafood industries — also is adding 30,000 square feet of warehousing space.
When Mega President Greg McNeely bought the firm in 1996, it was operating seven film lines, some of which had been there since the firm opened in the 1960s. Since then, McNeely has refurbished two of those lines, sold two others and has a fifth for sale.
As a result, Mega has increased its film capacity by 40 percent, even though it is running four lines instead of the original seven, McNeely said.
The firm had sales of $4 million in 1999 and hopes to hit the $6 million mark this year. McNeely has set a goal of replacing all of the plant's original equipment in the next two to three years.
"By refurbishing, we've improved what we had, but it still doesn't meet the standards of what we need to compete," he said.
The new film line will be used for coextrusion or three-layer extrusion, allowing Mega to make different products for existing customers, and giving it a crack at new markets such as furniture and carpet.
The warehouse expansion will increase the plant's total space to 70,000 square feet. Mega also hired four employees earlier this year, bring its total work force to 34.