Advanced Polybag Inc. will enter multilayer blown film extrusion in a new facility it is building in Sugar Land, Texas.
The firm plans to invest about $50 million in the project, which also could make it the first plant in Texas to receive silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system devised by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The new facility initially will contain two nine-layer Windmoeller & Hoelscher blown film lines that will allow API to expand its range of flexible packaging. Up to now, the firm has specialized in monolayer T-shirt bags, said API Chief Financial Officer Janak Sheth in a telephone interview. Groundbreaking for the facility was scheduled for Nov. 16.
The 170,000-square-foot facility will employ 35-40 when it starts operating in the summer, Sheth said. Adjacent land will allow for expansions when needed. API's headquarters also is located in Sugar Land.
Sheth said API's architects and engineers are going over building details to make sure it meets the 32 criteria LEED demands for certification. Minimal environmental impact is called for in construction, operation and maintenance of the facility, he explained.
The green building project is the latest socially conscious program undertaken by API, said Sheth. The company ``has embraced the cause of missing and exploited children'' and regularly prints information dedicated to the cause on its bags.
API was founded by Hank Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee, in the mid-1970s. Members of the Nguyen family run each of API's four current film and bag plants.
API said its annual sales top $250 million. The company employs more than 900.