KLW Plastics Inc. is installing its second extrusion blow molding machine after only two months in business, to help the company meet a growing demand for so-called regulated containers.
The company will launch a second, and larger, machine from Milacron Inc. by the end of September, Vice President Mike Legeza said July 5. The dual-head machine has a shot size of 10 pounds per head, compared with 8 pounds for its existing, two-head Milacron unit, he said.
KLW will use the machine to produce tight-head containers as large as 15 gallons, Legeza said. Current equipment can make 7-gallon containers. The firm makes its products from high density polyethylene for food and industrial applications, including packaging used to ship hazardous materials.
The new equipment will include a visual-detection system that can check a product's shape, its side-wall paneling and any loose trim when it comes out of the molding process. The system, which sounds an alarm when a problem is detected, supplements human inspection of containers, Legeza said. The system will be added to KLW's existing Milacron machine.
KLW also has gained government approval for new, tamper-evident neck finishes on its products. The products, tested by an independent laboratory, can be used in pharmaceutical and food markets, he said.
KLW opened in April at a leased, 40,000-square-foot site in Monroe, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb. Legeza, a former executive with drum-and-pail maker SST Industries Inc. of Loveland, Ohio, started the company with a silent partner. Currently, KLW employs 10.
Work has progressed faster than the company envisioned, he said. KLW is considering a third machine by the second quarter of 2006 if business continues to be strong, he said.
``Some of our growth has to do with market consolidation,'' Legeza said.
``Only a few players are left that do what we do, and some customers want to source from more than one supplier. As a smaller company, our reaction time is faster, too.''
Legeza said in April that the company hopes to generate as much as $3 million in sales for its first year of operation.