Plastics metalizer Vacumet Corp. is moving its operations in Georgia to a new plant and has opened a second production facility in Connecticut.
The Wayne, N.J.-based firm is shifting its Southeastern metalizing operations from an Atlanta plant that has become too cramped, said Bill Foley, director of purchasing and customer service for Vacumet's plastics division.
The new, 80,000-square-foot facility is located in Austell, Ga., said Foley, who is based in Wayne. The company has moved two metalizing machines to the new plant and gradually is shifting work to Austell, he said.
The company also has installed a third metalizing unit at the new facility, a Galileo machine with a 130-inch-wide web and plasma-coating capability. The larger unit would have been difficult to fit into the Atlanta plant, Foley said.
Vacumet also has purchased a facility in East Hartford, Conn., that had been owned by Ultra-Vac Metallizing Corp. of Bloomfield, Conn. Ultra-Vac, a competitor to Vacumet, has since gone out of business.
The site, purchased in August, has an 86-inch metalizer and several slitters. The plant is a smaller-sized satellite facility, near a Vacumet plant in Windsor, Conn.
Vacumet's plastics division metalizes a variety of flexible films for industrial, institutional, photographic and lidding-stock applications, Foley said. The company also metalizes paper products and has a coatings division. The company sells its metalized products, made by depositing aluminum on film substrates, to film converters for further processing.
The plastics division has five plants. The new Austell facility is its largest, Foley said. The firm is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scholle Corp., a maker of bag-in-box packaging in Irvine, Calif.
Investment totals for the new operations were not announced. The East Hartford and Austell locations will help increase Vacumet's metalizing capacity by more than 10 million pounds annually, Foley said. The firm expects to metalize about 40 million pounds of material during this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.