Film extruder McNeely Plastic Products Inc. is expanding in several ways to respond to its increased business, which also includes industrial films, retail bags and high-end films and laminations for products like stand-up pouches.
Officials plan to double its manufacturing footprint in its headquarters city, growing from 75,000-square-feet to 150,000-square-feet by the end of 2006, and they currently are site selecting for a second manufacturing location.
Officials, interviewed via telephone and e-mail, said despite the hurricanes, resin shortages, unbelievable resin prices and the Asian bird flu, it's been a great year for the company. The Asian bird flu has hurt domestic poultry producers, but McNeely's business in film and bags that it sells into the poultry market is up 10-11 percent.
The company formed in August after the merger of extruder Mega Plastics Inc. and distributor McNeely Plastic. The two companies essentially shared ownership, but operated independently.
``It was always a goal to merge the two companies,'' Vice President and General Manager Dave Clarke said in a Dec. 12 telephone interview. ``We moved everything into one.''
Greg McNeely now is president; Shannon Watts is vice president of sales; and Wayne Davis is vice president of the company, along with Clarke. The four men now share ownership.
The plant in Clinton has recovered from slight roof and building damage from Hurricane Katrina, and officials are adding a rail spur the week of Dec. 12. The city of Clinton gave a $450,000 grant toward that effort. As part of its $3 million expansion, it also will install an 87-inch three-layer Varex extrusion line from Windomoeller & Hoelscher Corp. in April. This gives the company two three-layer coextrusion lines. The company already has six monolayer extrusion lines.
In its conversion department, officials just installed a high-speed wicketter from Hudson-Sharp Machine Co., which is its sixth. They will add two employees to that department, four to extrusion and two to maintenance, along with naming a quality-assurance manager.
McNeely will have 92 employees, and processes 2.8 million pounds of resin per month, Clarke said.