Plasticware LLC of Valley Cottage, N.Y., has taken over the Mount Vernon, Ky., food container production facility that Alcoa Inc. had planned to close.
``Plasticware is a new company in the food-service market. We saw the opportunity to have ... the best containers and lids in the industry. We saved a lot of jobs,'' said Plasticware Executive Vice President Jacob Deutsch in an Aug. 16 telephone interview.
``Our future plans include that within a year, we want to bring up the facility to be automated with new equipment. We want to continue the same history that Reynolds had with it,'' Deutsch said.
The 250,000-square-foot plant employs nearly 100. All of the plant's senior managers are staying with Plasticware, he said.
Buying the plant means Plasticware will drop a previously announced plan to set up production in Bethlehem, N.Y., where in 2005 Plasticware had filed a business plan with the Bethlehem Industrial Development Authority.
Plasticware was going to make polypropylene cups, lids and plates at that site. Plasticware is run by a group of five silent investors, he said.
In Mount Vernon, Alcoa operated the facility as part of its Reynolds Food Packaging business. It thermoformed and injection molded products marketed under the Del-Pak trade name for the deli containers market.
Plasticware will continue those operations, Deutsch said. The plant now is up and running, and on Sept. 6, the company will hold an open house with Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
Plasticware thermoforms containers from polypropylene and injection molds lids from linear low density polyethylene. The Del-Pak line will be converted to the Del-Ware line of deli containers. The products also will be marketed under MVP Food Packaging. MVP stands for Mount Vernon Packaging.
``Our goal is that this facility should be strictly polypropylene,'' Deutsch said. He said the company is adding new machinery, including printing equipment.
The investor group, which is based in New York, also is focusing on getting a second production facility started in Corinth, N.Y., next year.
``It is one of the properties that our group bought from International Paper,'' Deutsch said. ``That's about a year away and will be focused on plastic plates and cups. We've got a developer's agreement with the town.''