Polymer Packaging Inc. will open a film converting plant in Sparks, Nev., that will provide zippered film to West Coast customers.
The North Canton, Ohio, company plans to launch the facility by the end of the year and is considering several sites in Sparks, William D. Lanham II, executive vice president, said July 11. The new building will have about 30,000 square feet of space and will apply zippers to film that subsequently is made into recloseable packaging, Lanham said. The site will employ about 12, he added.
The company also is installing its fourth zipper-making machine at its North Canton site and plans to have the equipment running by the end of the month, Lanham said. The Ohio plant also has one extrusion line making stand-up pouches and single-wound sheet.
With the new line in North Canton, the company will be able to make more than 120 million zipper impressions annually, Lanham said.
Polymer Packaging applies zippers to single-wound sheeting and sends the products to customers to form, fill and seal recloseable bags or pouches. The company's zippered packaging is used for frozen foods, fresh-cut salad, pet foods and lawn fertilizer. Zippered packaging also is growing in popularity with consumers who want to store precooked food, Lanham said.
``Anyone who wants more than single service wants recloseable packaging,'' he said. ``It's for a [household] that doesn't eat dinner at the same time and is on the go constantly.''
The company, in business for 19 years, continues to expand. Last year, Polymer Packaging acquired a protective packaging operation in Sparta, Mich., that serves the automotive market.
The new Nevada plant probably will start with two zipper machines and secondary equipment that can convert stand-up pouches, said Lanham. The company had been shipping pre-zippered film regularly to West Coast customers, but wanted to decrease time and costs, he said.