Film maker Polymer Packaging Inc. is investing $20 million to expand and relocate its headquarters and growing manufacturing operations from North Canton to nearby Massillon, Ohio.
The company will add at least three new blown film coextrusion lines when it opens its 72,500-square-foot base of operations later this year.
An additional 10,000 square feet is being built for corporate offices.
Polymer Packaging makes pre-zippered film used in reclosable food bags. The company also makes bags used in automotive applications, pallet covers and stand-up pouches for retail.
About 70 people work at the Ohio plant. That number could grow to 130 in the next three years at the new site. Polymer Packaging also has a 20-employee protective packaging operation in Sparta, Mich., that it acquired in 2004. The Sparta plant makes packaging materials from polyethylene foam, bubble and nonwoven polypropylene fabric for the automotive industry.
The company also is pursuing a site in Sparks, Nev., where officials plan to open a film converting plant to serve West Coast customers. The facility will be about 30,000 square feet and employ about 12, but plans have been delayed because of the decision to expand and move in Ohio, said William D. Lanham II, executive vice president, in a news release.
``With the launch of the new Ohio extrusion plant, the move of our corporate offices and expansion of stand-up pouches and addition of new equipment, our intentions remain the same, but the [Sparks] project was moved back until the extrusion installations are completed,'' he said.
Lanham called the expansion in high-end coextruded blown film a natural progression for Polymer Packaging.