Packaging thermoformer Tray-Pak Corp. is setting up a Class 100,000 clean room in Reading for operation in the fourth quarter.
The firm will invest close to $1 million in the project, which includes buying two new Sencorp thermoforming systems for the clean room, said Tray-Pak President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Simcox in a telephone interview.
The project will allow Tray-Pak to supply ultraclean packaging to customers in medical, electronics and aerospace industries. In some cases, Tray-Pak already provides design, engineering and prototyping for such customers, but not the finished product.
The clean room will occupy 2,250 square feet in one of Tray-Pak's two plants. In total, the firm has about 100,000 square feet of space in three facilities, including its head office, in Reading. The company will hire as many as 18 workers to run the clean room on a three-shift basis.
Tray-Pak operates more than 40 roll-fed thermoforming lines using all common packaging materials except crystallized PET. It employs about 275.