The world wants bottled water from Hawaii, and one firm on the island of Oahu is benefiting.
Pacific Allied Products Ltd. of Kapolei, Hawaii, is investing $5 million to add a 30,000-square-foot building solely dedicated to injection and blow molding. The investment will allow PAP to triple its annual production to more than 200 million bottles, officials said.
``We're supplying a lot of preforms,'' said Bernie Coleman, general manager, in a Sept. 15 telephone interview. ``We are the only company in Hawaii that supplies preforms. Selling preforms to other blow molding and blow container companies is a new business for us just this last year.''
PAP, in its 40th year in business, is banking on companies that have popped up in the area that focus on desalinization and reverse osmosis.
``We predict an increase in demand for plastic bottles because of the growing number of bottled water companies opening in Hawaii and see this as a continuing trend,'' Coleman said. ``The preform business has just gone nuts.''
PAP will open the new plant in October. The company is in the process of acquiring a new Sipa blow molding machine that will produce 10,000 bottles per hour, which will be installed by the end of the year. Although officials did not disclose details, the investments also include more automation.
PAP started in 1965 in the expanded polystyrene business, which it still operates. In the 1990s, it began making containers for PepsiCo. Now, it produces more than 60 million bottles per year for companies like Coca-Cola Co., Pepsi and Hawaiian Natural Waters.
A silent investor bought Pacific Allied three years ago.
When blow molding moves to the new building, the company's 45,000-square-foot original site will be dedicated to expanded polystyrene production. The company makes EPS products for the fishing industry, peanut foam for packaging and recreational products like surfboards.