Graham opens container plant in Mexico
YORK, PA. - Graham Packaging Co. LP has opened a plant in Mexicali, Mexico, to mold a new plastic canister for a Frito-Lay Inc. snack food.
Graham launched the 59,700-square-foot facility - the company's second blow molding plant in Mexico - to supply a high-density polyethylene container for Frito-Lay's new Stax potato crisps, said Graham spokesman Donald Sarvey.
The rigid canister is Graham's first product in the salty snack-food market and represents one of Frito-Lay's first thrusts into plastic canisters for its snack-food line. The new Stax product started U.S. distribution in August. The product's package includes a foil-induction seal and a snap-on lid made from linear low density PE.
``This is a totally new category being converted to plastic, and Graham Packaging is happy to be partnering with such a major player in the market,'' Jay Arnold, director of food polyolefins for Graham's Food and Beverage business unit, said in a news release.
York-based Graham opened the dedicated, extrusion blow molding facility about three miles from Frito-Lay's production plant in Mexicali, Sarvey said. Graham now operates 56 facilities worldwide.
The company also said that sales for the first nine months of 2003 were 6.1 percent higher than in the same period for 2002, totaling $737.7 million.
New molder focuses on window industry
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - A new injection molder in Forth Worth is targeting the window industry.
Lonnie Maxcy founded Maxcy Molding Technologies in September. His previous employer, Dalworth Technology Inc. in Crowley, Texas, also molded proprietary products for the window industry.
Maxcy said he started his own three-person operation with two injection presses from Dalworth. His company also does custom molding in its 3,700-square-foot space.
While he has more than 30 years of experience in the plastics business, Maxcy said, the economy has made the launch a challenge: ``It's slow and tough out there.''
Bunting buys another Canadian business
NEWTON, KAN. - Canada is having a magnetic influence on Newton-based Bunting Magnetics Co., which bought an injection supply house in Toronto earlier this year, and now has followed with the purchase of a second company.
President Bob Bunting said the acquisitions expand the company's product offerings into conveying systems for plastics processors, as well as its customer base in Canada.
Bunting Magnetics created Bunting Magnetics Canada Inc. in April, when the company acquired New Moulders Supply, a Toronto company that sells heater bands, nozzles, mold-release spray and other items for injection molding.
On Nov. 3, Bunting bought the assets of CA Systems & Plastics of Maple, Ontario, from husband-and-wife founders Frank and Elizabeth Lepicek. Elizabeth Lepicek has joined Bunting Magnetics Canada. Frank Lepicek will pursue other business interests.
As was done when Bunting bought New Moulders Supply, the name CA Systems & Plastics will be dropped in favor of Bunting Magnetics Canada.
Toronto-based Bunting Magnetics Canada will manufacture Move-It conveyor systems, mold sprays, purging compounds, nozzles, clamps and cutters, and distribute drawer and grate magnets from the U.S. parent company. The magnets are used to separate metal contaminants from plastic resins and regrind.
Bunting Magnetics was founded in 1959.
Mich. plastics recycler doubles capacity
BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - Plastics recycler Franklin Iron & Metal Co. is in the midst of a $1 million expansion that will double its capacity to make recycled flake.
The Battle Creek company broke ground in late October on a 20,000-square-foot expansion that will house its second grinding line, said Beth Franklin Cohen, vice president of Franklin and head of its plastics division. The company began as a metal recycler, but expanded into plastics in 1990.
The second line will give it the capacity to process about 1.5 million pounds of plastic per month, mainly from auto parts, pallets, packaging and bins. The company works with high density polyethylene, high-impact polystyrene, PVC, ABS, nylon, polypropylene and PET.
The company will add six employees when the expansion is finished in February, she said. The current plastics facility is 30,000 square feet. Cohen said the company, owned by the Franklin family, does between $4 million and $6 million in sales annually, with about 25 percent of that in plastics.
``Our future is to grow the plastics part of our business and have that be the largest part,'' she said.