Next Generation Films Inc. plans continued expansion next year and has budgeted $6 million in capital projects.
The Lexington, Ohio, firm just bought a wide-width Hosokawa Alpine blown film line that it plans to install early in 2007, said Chief Executive Officer Dave Frecka in a telephone interview.
The 100-inch-wide line includes a 25-inch die and can extrude 1,500 pounds per hour of film. Frecka said the die is configured to make three- and five-layer film. A Battenfeld Gloucester winder will be included in the installation.
Frecka said Next Generation's expansion in barrier packaging demands the extra capacity.
The expansion will follow installation of a 10th line in the Lexington film plant in late summer. A new Hosokawa Alpine three-layer line is due to start Sept. 1.
Frecka said his firm's bag plant also will install a new blown film line next year, a coextrusion system supplied by Hosokawa Alpine American. The bag plant now has nine lines.
Next Generation's third facility in Lexington is a distribution center. Altogether, the firm's operations occupy about 280,000 square feet of space.
The company is on target to exceed $70 million in sales this year, compared with $42.6 million in 2004. Frecka targets sales of $100 million in five years.