Flexsol Packaging Corp.'s Marshville, N.C., film extrusion plant is in between a recent closing and an impending rebirth.
Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Flexsol shut the facility July 7 to consolidate three plants into two, Chief Executive Officer Brian Stevenson said July 29.
The company is expanding its operations in Statesville, N.C., and Chicago and has shifted equipment from Marshville to those sites.
But extruder Sigma Plastics Group - a minority stakeholder in Flexsol - will reopen the Marshville facility within 90 days to make liners for industrial trash cans, said Alfred Teo, Sigma chairman and chief executive officer.
``We'd like to rehire most of the people,'' Teo said in a telephone interview from his Lyndhurst, N.J., headquarters. ``We also plan to expand the facility in another year. We have 13 acres of land that can be put to use.''
Sigma owns the 67,000-square-foot facility and land in Marshville; Flexsol had leased the space.
Flexsol decided to move operations after its May acquisition of Statesville-based multilayer film producer Eclipse Packaging Inc. Eclipse's North Carolina facility, which makes high-barrier film, is only 80 miles from Marshville.
The closure affected about 61 employees in Marshville, and the company was attempting to relocate as many as possible to Statesboro, Stevenson said.
Flexsol plans to expand the Statesboro site by the end of the year, adding 50,000 square feet and more than doubling production space, Stevenson said. Two of the coextrusion lines used in Marshville will be installed at the Statesboro plant, and a third line is on order, he said.
The firm is investing close to $4 million in the plant and equipment, he said.
Four more coextrusion lines from Marshville are being installed in Flexsol's Chicago plant, he said. The company still must decide where to install two other lines from Marshville.
Sigma will use the Marshville facility as a second site for its Poly Plastics Products Inc. unit. Delano, Pa.-based Poly Plastics extrudes and converts polyethylene film for trash can liners, medical products and other areas. Much of its film is used in bags.
Sigma is gaining the necessary permits to reopen the Marshville plant within 60-90 days.
The company will install four extrusion lines now and plans to double that number eventually, Teo said.
Within the year, Poly Plastics will add 50,000 square feet to the site, he said. The company initially will invest about $3 million to expand the site and add equipment.
Sigma acquired a half-interest in Poly Plastics in 1990. Poly Plastics President Steve Redlich also is a partner in the company, Teo said.
The New Jersey film company also may expand its Spartanburg, S.C., facility, Teo said. Sigma bought that plant in February from now-defunct Apple Plastics International LLC.