Advance Polybag Inc. continues to add equipment at its new Las Vegas film and bag manufacturing facility.
Now employing 30, the operation added a fourth Hosokawa Alpine American blown film coextrusion line in late December and planned to install a fifth line in early 2001.
More lines are planned for the 75,000-square-foot Las Vegas plant later in the year, Victor Platta, vice president of sales and marketing, said in a telephone interview. The first three Alpine lines began production in August and September.
Metairie, La.-based Advance Polybag is investing more than $20 million in the Las Vegas construction work, start-up phases and equipment, including extruders, bag-making machines and water-based central-impression printing presses with six-color capability.
Advance Polybag established the plant to get closer to West Coast customers and enter California "without energy problems," Platta said.
The firm also is adding Alpine coextrusion lines and other equipment at its substantially larger plant in Oklahoma City. The company also produces film and bags in Kenner, La. The three sites make T-shirt bags.
Before the expansions, Mastio & Co.'s March 1999 study of the polyethylene film industry estimated Advance Polybag's annual production at 160 million pounds.
Advance Polybag competes principally with the more numerous plants of Vanguard Plastics Inc. of St. Louis and Sonoco Products Co.'s high density film products division in Hartsville, S.C.