Cardinal Comb & Brush Manufacturing Corp. has agreed to buy contract packaging company Pro-Pak Inc. for an undisclosed price.
The deal, said Cardinal Comb President Anthony J. Mazzaferro, will present new packaging options for Cardinal customers and give Pro-Pak customers an injection molding option.
Both companies are in Leominster, Mass., with Pro-Pak in a leased facility. Pro-Pak will move its operations to Cardinal Comb's site, with the shift to be completed by the end of August, the same time the sale is to close. All of Pro-Pak's nine full-time and 10 temporary employees will be offered work at Cardinal Comb, Mazzaferro said.
Pro-Pak also does product assembly.
Cardinal bought the old Tamor Plastics Corp. building from Home Products International Inc. in June 2001. The 94,000-square-foot facility has 15 injection molding presses, with clamping forces of 165-1,500 tons. The company employs 45.
Mazzaferro said 95 percent of its business is proprietary combs and brushes, estimating that the company makes 60 million to 70 million of them a year. He said more than half are sold as beauty and barbershop supplies, while the rest are sold by retailers and distributors. It also does private-label work.
Cardinal does other custom molding as well, including toys, sporting goods, and home and garden accessories. He said the 1,500-ton press is underutilized and he is looking to produce more large parts.
Mazzaferro said he hopes a weaker dollar will enable the company to boost its export business. Mazzaferro's father, Aldo J. Mazzaferro, founded Cardinal in 1969.