Packaging Group buys blown film line
CONCORD, ONTARIO - Packaging Group is entering multilayer barrier film markets with the purchase of an eight-layer blown film line from Brampton Engineering Inc.
Packaging Group has been making monolayer and three-layer film for more than 10 years. Its Concord plant and a sister facility in Cambridge, Ontario, also laminate, print and convert film. The firm recently started the new Brampton multilayer line in Concord.
``We realized that an eight-layer die would allow us to add more components, to give us the flexibility to produce film with the characteristics that our customers demand,'' Johnny Wan, Packaging Group general manager, said in a news release.
His firm plans to use nylons and ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymers for barrier layers in films for packaging meat, cheese, poultry, coffee and snack foods. Customers in those industries demand high-quality films to stand up to high-speed filling machinery.
Packaging Group and Brampton Engineering of Brampton, Ontario, did not disclose the cost of the new, turnkey line. It includes Brampton's 16-inch, streamlined coextrusion die with a small surface area to prevent polymer degradation, internal bubble control, oscillating haul-off and two face-to-face, 64-inch turret winders.
Emerald Plastics seeks overrun jobs
POTEAU, OKLA. - A new custom injection molder is looking for overrun jobs from other molders.
Emerald Plastics Technologies Inc. of Poteau has 14 presses with clamping forces up to 1,500 tons, said owner Jeff Meek. He formed the company to buy the assets of the former Encor Technologies plant in October.
The Poteau operation came up for sale when Encor repossessed the Poteau plant after a deal to sell the facility and equipment fell through. Meek, a local entrepreneur, bought the machines at an auction for undisclosed terms.
Meek said the 113,000-square-foot plant was an established molder, once employing as many as 225. He is confident many workers will return if the plant is revived.
Computer Designs planning 2nd plant
WHITEHALL, PA. - Thermoformer Computer Designs Inc. has decided to look South for expansion.
The Whitehall company plans to open its second plant - in North or South Carolina - when business conditions warrant, said sales executive Chuck Ortwein. The firm is scouting locations close to several of its medical and electronics customers and hopes to open the new plant within 12 months, Ortwein said. Originally the company had decided to add about 25,000 square feet to its Pennsylvania facility, increasing space by about 50 percent.
The company also is replacing more of its computer-aided-design stations to increase its speed to market, Ortwein said.
Computer Designs recorded about $6.1 million in sales during 2001, according to Plastics News' thermoformer ranking.
Jifram Extrusions creates 2 divisions
SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WIS. - Profile extruder Jifram Extrusions Inc. has created two divisions to help it maintain focus in two markets.
The private, Sheboygan Falls firm formed Jifram Custom Extrusions to continue in its traditional stock and custom extrusions business for industrial and commercial uses. Steven Fischer, formerly vice president of administration and finance, will be its president.
The firm also created Jifram Home Improvement Products to make and market its consumer products. Included are extruded, snap-on covers for deck railings and spindles and a plastic slat wall aimed at garage and family-room renovation. The slat wall has positions for brackets to hang items or build storage shelves. The division's president is Greg Fischer, formerly vice president of manufacturing.
Jifram Extrusions had sales of $5.8 million last year.