Film and bag maker Mohawk Northern Plastics Inc. is investing in printed products, recently buying a new coextrusion machine and a 10-color printing press.
The Auburn, Wash.-based company is expanding its capabilities with printed bags and film for processed foods, an area that has been a main driver for the company's growth, said President Dan McFarland.
The company's polyethylene-based printed products are used primarily for frozen foods, he said.
``We've gained more business from existing customers,'' McFarland said. ``We needed much higher capacity to get the work done.''
The company purchased its third coextrusion line late in 2003, a three-layer line from Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. The unit is used to make polyethylene films and bags for both frozen and fresh foods, McFarland said.
The company recently bought a 10-color flexographic printing press from W&H that will add to its printing capabilities, he said. The press is its second 10-color unit, and Mohawk also has two eight-color presses, he said.
The company expects to record sales greater than $40 million this year, McFarland said. The family-owned company was founded in 1971 as a bag converter. Mohawk changed its name in 1995 after buying the Mohawk Northern unit of converter Printpack Inc. that made wax-coated paper.