Resin distributor Major-Prime Plastics Inc. got off to a big start in its 40th anniversary year by adding 30,000 square feet of warehousing space to its Addison, Ill., location in early January.
Major-Prime also recently installed new automated boxing lines and rare-earth magnet screening grids at its 100,000-square-foot site in Villa Park, Ill., where it is based.
Vice President John Miguel estimated the cost of the Addison expansion and the new equipment at $300,000. The expansion brings the overall size of the Addison site to 40,000 square feet. The project created several new jobs, bringing Major-Prime's total employee count to 35, Miguel said in a recent phone interview.
Company officials said the new boxing equipment allows Major-Prime to handle units of 1,500 pounds, which are replacing standard 1,000-pound boxes. The screening grids are 10 times more powerful than traditional ceramic magnets and can remove pellets with small amounts of impregnated metal, officials said.
Major-Prime moves about 200 million pounds of resin a year, primarily by repackaging polystyrene, polyethylene and polypropylene from rail cars into bulk trucks, boxes and bags. The firm also repackages some specialty styrenic resins and does blending in lots up to 50,000 pounds.
Frank Hadley founded Major-Prime in 1964 and stayed active with the business until retiring in 2001. John Hadley, Frank's son, now serves as the firm's president.