Plastics recycler Bata Plastics Inc. is staying in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area, but moving into a new facility that will boost its warehouse, testing, laboratory and reprocessing space.
Chief Executive Officer and President W. Lee Hammond said July 17 by telephone that Bata will move 11 miles from a 68,000-square-foot plant in Byron Center to a 120,000-square-foot site in Grand Rapids. Bata will offer customers more services, including material testing for tensile strength and viscosity. The move is set for the first week of August.
Company officials hope to add equipment and 20 employees within the next year, but Hammond declined to provide details.
Bata, with $6.2 million in sales, reprocesses between 26 million and 30 million pounds of plastics annually. He said the family-owned company has doubled sales in the past seven years.
``We were landlocked at our present site,'' Hammond said. The new, 10-acre site is on a 206-acre manufacturing campus formerly run by office furniture maker Steelcase, and provides Bata with room to grow, he said.
Bata bales, shreds, compounds, grinds, repelletizes, sorts, washes and does toll grinding of various plastics.
Hammond said the company is constructing a 2,200-square-foot office building as well. Both office and plant will be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, which promotes sustainable building design and construction in the U.S.