Paragon Packaging Inc. has moved its Baytown, Texas, operation to a larger plant about 10 miles away in Houston.
The company, a bottle producer based in Mansfield, Texas, launched the Houston operation in July, President Michael Polarek said Aug. 11. The leased, 50,000-square-foot plant is double the size of the Baytown site, which closed. The company quickly outgrew the Baytown plant, purchased from RC Container Corp. three years ago, Polarek said.
The Houston facility, the only manufacturing site outside of Paragon's Mansfield headquarters, will have eight extrusion blow molding machines and a silk-screen printing operation. The company moved seven machines from Baytown and purchased an eighth from Central Machinery & Plastics Products of Bombay, India.
``Printing and blow molding under the same roof are rare commodities in Texas,'' Polarek said. ``We [make] smaller-sized products that the larger companies don't want to do.''
Paragon was purchased by Polarek and an investment group in 1997, he said. The company specializes in high density polyethylene bottles of up to 11/2 gallons, for industrial uses and specialty chemicals. The firm also makes custom-colored bottles and applies sleeves and labels.
Paragon recorded $8.4 million in sales last year. Of its 70 employees, 20 work in the Houston plant, Polarek said.