Lacerta Group Inc. of Mansfield, Mass., acquired four thermoforming machines previously used in Cumberland, R.I., for operations of Alcoa Inc.'s flexible packaging business. Terms were not disclosed.
The equipment includes a Sencorp Inc. machine with a forming area of 25 inches by 26 inches; a Brown Machine LLD model of 30 inches by 36 inches; and two Lyle Industries Inc. machines of 22 inches by 29 inches and 39 inches square. Lacerta said it needs the additional equipment but might not use all of the capacity immediately. Lacerta purchased the machines in early June.
Also, Lacerta added prototyping equipment.
``We are being proactive with the plant and expanding operations'' to run polylactide corn-based resin, said Joe Iannone, Lacerta regional sales manager.
The firm has expanded its material offerings such as NatureWorks PLA and other bio-based resins to complement typical materials such as PET, glycol-modified PET, PVC and ABS, Iannone said.
In late 2005, Lacerta began thermoforming prototype food and consumer packages using PLA from the Minnetonka, Minn.-based NatureWorks subsidiary of Cargill Inc. Lacerta also operates two L.R. Equipment Co. thermoforming machines.
Lacerta employs 35 and occupies 45,000 square feet in Mansfield and, for warehousing, 20,000 square feet in New Bedford, Mass.
Alcoa Flexible Packaging said Jan. 10 it would consolidate its custom thermoforming operations at a Downingtown, Pa., site. Alcoa relocated work from Wheaton, Ill., and Cumberland and closed both facilities.