Rodeo Plastic Bag & Film Inc. will complete a $500,000 expansion of its Mesquite plant by the end of the year.
Rodeo will install its 11th production line, comprising a Brampton Engineering extruder and an in-line bag-making machine in the next few months. The addition follows the recent start of another line based on a Brampton Engineering extruder. Both lines make monolayer polyethylene film.
David Swehla, president and owner of the Mesquite firm, said Rodeo specializes in commercial and industrial PE bags, liners and tubing. It produces bags in widths from 11/2 inches to 20 feet. Last year its sales grew 46 percent to $20.8 million, after it installed in June a giant extrusion line capable of processing 2,700 pounds of resin per hour, Swehla said by phone. The line makes greenhouse film, house sheeting and other construction-related products.
Swehla said his firm is ramping up the large line. He predicts sales will reach $24 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, with potential for more growth the following year.
Rodeo, established in 1985, processed more than 40 million pounds of PE resin last year. It currently employs 55.