Atlantis Plastics Inc. has started a fifth stretch film line in Fontana, Calif., as part of a companywide expansion.
The line, which began running early this year, is making linear polyethylene films for the firm's Advantage product line, including thin-gauge Linear Eclipse, which can stretch 300 percent and is designed to replace conventional films that are 30 percent thicker. Cost and capacity figures for the new line were not disclosed.
``We believe that with unprecedented resin increases throughout 2005, our customers will demand new methods to provide competitive load-containment costs,'' said Kevin Keneally, vice president and general manager for the linear stretch film division.
Atlantis is part way through a $13 million expansion and modernization program. In the first stage it upgraded production at its U.S. film plants. In the second stage it is adding selective capacity with major equipment additions. The Fontana project, and another recently completed expansion at its Cartersville, Ga., converting film facility, are parts of the second phase. The firm said it will announce more capacity additions through the year.
Keneally said in a telephone interview that the Atlanta firm is expanding to ensure it meets quality and service targets and to provide a broad product range.
``We have optimized every line in each of our three [stretch film] facilities,'' Keneally said. The other two stretch operations are in Tulsa, Okla., and Nicholasville, Ky. The Fontana plant, at 5 years old, is the newest of the stretch units. Keneally said the expansion there underlines the importance of the growing West Coast market.