Plastic closures maker Bericap LLC expects to add five injection molding machines and related downstream systems to its new California site during 2003.
Bericap began producing water and soft drink closures at the Ontario facility in June and is adding other proprietary closures for food and specialty markets. Products include two-piece closures for edible-oil containers. The closures are molded primarily of polyethylene or polypropylene.
The plant has 11 presses, with clamping forces of 130-300 tons. It employs 43 and plans to add eight workers this year, said Scott Ambrose, president and chief operating officer of Bericap's North American operations in California and Burlington, Ontario.
In September 2001, Bericap decided to add the new site because of growth in the West Coast market. About 20 percent of the Burlington facility's output was feeding the market, and ``there was significant interest in the range of Bericap products in the western U.S.,'' Ambrose said.
Closeness to major customers and the availability of skilled workers influenced the site selection, Ambrose said. Bericap has invested about $10 million to equip and outfit the 60,000-square-foot, leased facility, which is expandable.
Bericap's North American facilities are owned by Bericap GmbH of Budenheim, Germany, and a unit of Amcor Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia. Bericap also makes container closures in Europe, China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and India.