Polythin to add warehouse, equipment
ABERDEEN, N.C. - Plastic Packaging Inc. plans to expand a recently bought blown film operation in Aberdeen.
The firm's Polythin Films Inc. subsidiary wants to build a 15,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its current 40,000-square-foot plant in Aberdeen. The new building will be Polythin's warehouse, allowing Polythin to add extrusion equipment in its current plant, said Plastic Packaging Vice President David Anderson.
Polythin now runs four blown film lines in Aberdeen. Anderson said there will be room to more than double capacity. Over five years, Plastic Packaging expects to invest about $5 million in the expansion. Polythin already has begun renovating its plant to accept more film lines, Anderson said in a telephone interview.
Plastic Packaging, based in Hickory, N.C., operates Polythin as its polyethylene film production subsidiary. In Hickory, Plastic Packaging does eight-color printing, converting and laminating.
Anderson said he is confident Plastic Packaging will land nearly $70,000 in local government incentives to help with the expansion. The company predicts the private firm will add 24 jobs as a result of its expansion.
Pyramid shutting plant, cutting 14 jobs
HOPE, ARK. - Pyramid Plastics Inc., a custom profile extruder in Hope, is closing down, eliminating 14 jobs.
Richard Ross, assistant vice president, cited a ``lack of business'' for the shutdown. His last day was Sept. 30. A small crew is finishing up remaining work.
Founded in the 1970s, Pyramid Plastics focused on custom profiles for a range of markets, including plumbing, irrigation, lawn and garden, toys, appliances and industrial uses. The company listed $3 million in sales and 32 employees in the 2002 Plastics News ranking of pipe, profile and tubing extruders, but Ross said the company's size has been reduced since then.
Liquid Container to lay off 77 in Calif.
WEST CHICAGO, ILL. - Blow molder Liquid Container LP plans to lay off 77 at its Vernon, Calif., plant, apparently closing the facility.
The firm notified California's State Employment Development Department that it will cut the jobs Oct. 29. Liquid Container runs 12 other blow molding facilities, including California operations in Rancho Cucamonga and Modesto. Company officials could not be reached for comment.
West Chicago-based Liquid Container had blow molding sales of $270 million last year, all of it bottles. It molds high density polyethylene and PET.
Flex-N-Gate shifts work to Danville, Ill.
URBANA, ILL. - Bumper maker Flex-N-Gate Corp. will move into a new injection molding facility in Danville, Ill., replacing its operation in Paris, Ill.
Vicki Stewart, president and chief executive officer of economic development group Vermillion Advantage, announced Sept. 29 that Flex-N-Gate is taking over a closed building that previously housed Jackson Plastics Inc. Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate purchased the Paris plant from Arkay Industries Inc. in 2003.
Flex-N-Gate will move production and 35 jobs about 40 miles north to the Danville site, Stewart said.
Wentworth, PTI form alliance for molds
HAMILTON, ONTARIO - Wentworth Mold Inc. and blow molder Plastic Technologies Inc. have inked an alliance to expand PTI's use of Wentworth's ``Fast To Market'' mold-making program throughout its North American and European production facilities.
The companies already have collaborated on a program in which Wentworth supplied eight FTM blow molds to Holland, Ohio-based PTI within four days of receiving computerized files on the projects, the companies said in a Sept. 29 news release.
Wentworth, based in Hamilton, will supply blow mold tooling from its sites in Hamilton and Nottingham, England.
The toolmaker introduced its FTM system for PET bottles in May. It uses a standard 150-millimeter-diameter shell mold that is compatible with a proprietary shell carrier. Wentworth's system can turn out aluminum molds within three days and stainless-steel molds within 12 days.
Through the alliance, PTI will supply Wentworth with extensive prototyping capabilities in North America and Europe to test its molds.