Inteplast Group Ltd. of Livingston, N.J., is boosting its stretch film capacity through its AmTopp division to 200 million pounds in a $12 million investment in Lolita, Texas.
The company is adding two Davis-Standard cast film extrusion lines, giving it 40 million pounds of processing capacity per line for its linear low density polyethylene products. The first line will be fully commissioned by November, AmTopp President Homer Hsieh said in an April 11 telephone interview.
``For the new capacity, we are targeting thin-gauge film,'' he said. ``That will be the future growth of the business.''
The company has developed two new products that will be run on the lines. Its LoadStar product is a 50-gauge, optimum-stretch engineered film targeted at companies currently using 70- or 80-gauge film. AmTopp will target those customers that are using blown film as hand-wrap film with a hand-wrap film branded as TackMaster.
The lines will be AmTopp's second and third nine-layer lines, but its seventh and eighth stretch lines. The Inteplast unit also makes biaxially oriented polypropylene film.
In the expansion, the firm has added a few silos to its campus in Lolita, which is near Point Comfort, Texas, where affiliate Formosa Plastics Group has a plant.
AmTopp's employment in Lolita will grow from 100 to about 130 by the end of the year, Hsieh said.