Film and bag producer Nexus California Inc. expects to need a larger facility soon to accommodate growth.
The Ontario, Calif., firm's sales increased about 40 percent in the first half of the year, said Chief Executive Officer and owner Mary Lynn Esak. Part of the boost came from starting a clean room last year for electronic and medical-grade packaging.
Esak said the Class 100 clean room includes a blown film line that makes 20-mil-thick sheet and converts it to bags for silicon chips. Ultrapure polyethylene raw material meets cleanliness requirements, while the bag thickness prevents punctures. Esak said she thinks the company soon will need a second bag machine.
Nexus focuses on specialty packaging, Esak said in a telephone interview. One project moving out of the development phase is making separator bags for a national courier. Packages going to different regions of the country need to be sorted to expedite their journeys. Esak visited the courier's shipping sites to get a firsthand understanding of the machinery and methods the customer uses to bundle and ship huge volumes of envelopes and other items.
The firm's 25,000-square-foot, leased facility lacks a rail siding, so Nexus can't buy rail-car quantities of resin. Esak said she wants to buy a plant and customize it, but provided no timetable.
Nexus had sales of $6.9 million in 2003, 35 percent higher than in the previous year. Its five film and sheet lines processed about 7 million pounds of PE last year. The company qualifies as a 100 percent woman-owned manufacturing business.