Hood Packaging Corp. will expand its film production with the addition of two new blown film lines it is buying from Macchi North America.
Madison-based Hood will install the two lines at undisclosed locations by March 2005, said Macchi North America sales manager Paul Conley. The two-machine order is the biggest single order to date for Macchi in North America, he said in a telephone interview from his firm's office in Guelph, Ontario.
Hood runs six plastics operations and several paper packaging plants in the United States and Canada. Its plastics packaging includes mono- and multilayer polyethylene film, pallet and shrink films, sheet, high-performance films, and bags and pouches. Major markets include food products, pet foods, building products, lawn and garden and pulp and paper. Officials declined to elaborate on the production mix slated for the new Macchi lines.
Hood's origins date to 1959 when an investors group built a plant in Mississippi to make multiwall paper bags. In 1996 the firm, then called Southern Bag Corp., entered plastics packaging with the acquisition of the U.S. operations of Sengewald Inc. Southern Bag boosted its stake in plastics in 2001 when it merged with Bonar Packaging and changed its name to Hood Packaging Corp.