Film maker and converter Com-Pac International Inc. has completed a $500,000 expansion of its operation in Carbondale, Ill., that frees up production space.
Com-Pac added 10,000 square feet to allow it to consolidate warehousing in a 30,000-square-foot building. Prior to the expansion, Com-Pac stored some of its raw materials in the manufacturing area, but has removed them to debottleneck some production areas, President Gregory Sprehe said in a telephone interview.
The firm extrudes low density polyethylene into film and resealable constructions. It sells some film and resealable stock to other processors and converts output into finished packaging for food and medical industries. Its capabilities include six-color printing, Sprehe said.
The company also makes packaging machinery for food processors.
Sprehe estimated the ramp-up in production will lead to Com-Pac hiring about 30 employees during the next six months. It now employs about 200.
Com-Pac celebrated its 15th anniversary in November. Sprehe was one of the firm's founders when it bought the assets of bankrupt Uly-Pak Inc. in 1988.
Sprehe said the recent expansion was Com-Pac's third in seven years and brought total area to 95,000 square feet. He said the firm has been growing about 10 percent a year by capturing new business and expanding accounts.
``Some large companies are choosing to subcontract certain products rather than manufacture them in-house, due to personnel-related costs for health care, pension and other expenses associated with adding staff in higher-cost areas of the country,'' Sprehe said.