Film and bag producer Transco Plastic Industries has invested more than C$5 million (US$3.2 million) to expand and improve efficiency.
The firm has consolidated all production from two Montreal plants into one facility in the city, added new machinery and replaced some older bag-making machines. In the project, Transco expanded from about 120,000 square feet to more than 175,000 square feet, estimated spokeswoman Lysa Lash. The new site also contains corporate headquarters.
Transco added a new, three-layer extrusion line with a six-color, in-line printing press. It now has eight extrusion lines, according to Lash. The new line boosts extrusion capacity to more than 35 million pounds per year.
Transco also installed a fully computerized, eight-color printing press. The Beloni machine features central impression, on-press sleeve changing and a printing width of 60 inches.
The company specializes in polyethylene packaging for mail-order, courier, retail, industrial and security markets. Customers include the U.S. and Canadian postal services, Purolator, L.L. Bean and Land's End. Transco recorded sales of about US$24.9 million in 1999.
Transco's U.S. plant, in Charlotte, N.C., is not affected by the move in Montreal.