PCL Packaging Corp. plans to expand into the southeastern United States by buying a polyethylene film plant in Jacksonville, Fla.
Oakville, Ontario-based PCL has agreed to buy the plant from Uniplast Industries Co. for undisclosed terms. The facility has five blown film lines capable of making 10 million to 12 million pounds of film per year, according to Tim French, PCL's vice president of operations.
The companies expect to complete the deal March 8, French said.
French said the plant is strategically located and will introduce PCL to new markets. The Jacksonville operation makes high and linear low density PE films.
PCL currently produces film and converts it to grocery, retail and garbage bags at plants in Oakville; Pueblo, Colo.; Delta, British Columbia; and Saint John, New Brunswick. PCL also has a 50 percent stake in nylon film and bag producer Gem Polymer Corp. of Delano, Pa.
Uniplast of Orillia, Ontario, will sell the plant to focus on specialty products.