A leading manufacturer of tube packaging will move this summer from its central Los Angeles plant to greener - as in, environmentally friendly - pastures.
CCL Tube, a U.S. subsidiary of Toronto-based specialty packaging and label-making firm CCL Industries Inc., announced Jan. 9 it will relocate its Los Angeles operations from a 150,000-square-foot facility to a new, 101,340-square-foot building in nearby Carson, Calif.
In its new plant, CCL will install the first of several newly purchased, high-efficiency tube production lines, increasing annual output by another 50 million units, company officials said in a news release.
``With this new machinery and new building we will start increasing tube capacity by 50 percent while significantly decreasing energy usage,'' said Andy Iseli, CCL Tube's Los Angeles general manager. The move is expected to start in June and be finished late in September.
The Watson Corporate Center-Carson is certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, meaning it meets criteria for environmentally sustainable construction established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Designed by architects Lee & Sakahara of Irvine, Calif., the center's tenants include CCL, Boeing Co., Hellman Worldwide Logistics, New Age Electronics, Transworld and the U.S. Postal Service.
CCL Tube, with offices in Los Angeles and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., employs about 350, with 200 involved in the California operations, spokeswoman Tammy Romer said in a Jan. 9 telephone interview.
She noted the move from a larger to a smaller California plant will not result in layoffs.
``What CCL is doing is, more with less,'' she said. ``The technology is streamlining the production process, resulting in the need for less floor space.''
CCL officials said moving into a LEED-certified building is part of the company's commitment to sustainable business practices.
The company recycles all unused and scrap resin, oil, coatings, and inks used in manufacturing and has instituted paper-free ordering and inventory systems. CCL's cafeteria and business offices also have recycling programs for PET, aluminum and paper.