Plastic pail manufacturer Plastican Inc. will expand research and development at its headquarters plant in Leominster.
Technical services Vice President Mark Keyes said the company will install 700- and 1,200-ton custom injection molding machines dedicated to R&D projects and will hire 4-10 employees.
Plastican recently launched a new series of twist-and-lock containers and added to its lightweight container line, using a proprietary resin blending process. The expansion will help the company improve processing for those products and allow it to test next-generation heat-transfer labeling, Keyes said in a July 24 e-mail.
He called the R&D center a ``significant investment,'' and an indication of the company's commitment to implementing new technologies.
Plastican ranked No. 48 among North American injection molders in Plastics News' survey, with estimated 2007 sales of $145 million. Founded in 1969, Plastican has plants in Leominster, Dallas, Phoenix, and Macon, Ga.
Its pails range from 1-6 gallons and are used in the food, construction, janitorial, chemical and pet-care markets.