Reusable packaging company Cartonplast LLC will manufacture its extruded polypropylene products early next year in DeForest, Wis.
Cartonplast, a joint venture between Cartonplast GmbH of Dietzenbach, Germany, and partners Italian technology company Karton Spa and Wisconsin businessman Gary Bymers, is building an 88,000-square-foot plant. Bymers estimated the building and associated 10-acre parcel will cost about $3.5 million.
Cartonplast's packaging is a PP profile with hollow sections. The patented packaging is end-sealed to allow easy cleaning for reusability, said Bymers. Established in Europe for about 15 years, the layer-pad packaging is catching on in North America, he said. Cartonplast operates a ``packaging pool,'' where companies use the amount they need before the product is returned and cleaned for that customer or another one.
``We own the layer-pad pool,'' Bymers said in a telephone interview. Giant brewer Anheuser-Busch is a customer. The system is particularly appealing to glass-container users that traditionally rely on corrugated paper to cushion shipments.
The company's new extrusion line in DeForest will be able to churn out 2,000 pounds per hour of PP sheet. Karton will build the $2.5 million extrusion line. Initial employment will be about a dozen workers, growing to 40 within three years, Cartonplast forecasts.
The company chose DeForest partly because local agencies will help with the cost of a $400,000 rail spur to Cartonplast's site.
Bymers, based in Waunakee, Wis., has been a partner with the German and Italian companies for 41/2 years. Sertapak Inc., operating as Sertapak Group Packaging Systems of Woodstock, Ontario, is the Canadian distributor for the packaging.