Macchi SpA, an Italian blown and cast film equipment maker, has moved its North American operations to Gainesville, Ga., from Guelph, Ontario, and hired a new North American sales manager, Steve Gammell.
The 1,105-square-foot facility opened Oct. 1. Gammell said Macchi has access to additional warehouse space.
``We expect to have the parts in place by the end of the first quarter of 2007,'' Gammell said. The company has a full-time dedicated field service person working out of Gainesville.
Paul Conley, the former sales manager in Guelph, is no longer with Macchi, Gammell said.
Macchi makes blown and cast film machinery in Venegono Inferiore, Italy.
``This year they're on track to produce roughly 80 blown film lines,'' and sales should exceed 65 million to 70 million euros (about US$85 million). The company got into cast film lines about five years ago, and now makes two or three cast lines a year, he said.
Macchi, which employs about 120, was founded in the early 1960s. At first, it made both film and machinery, then the owners switched to machinery only in the late 1980s, Gammell said.
Last year, the Italian company invested about $5 million to expand its factory.
Gammell has worked in the plastics industry since the late 1960s. Before he joined Macchi on Sept. 1, he worked at Brampton Engineering Inc. as Southeast and Midwest sales manager for the blown film machinery supplier in Brampton, Ontario.