Even a recession has not dampened spirits among executives at Interfilm Holdings Inc. The Greenville, S.C.-based converter and distributor of thin-gauge plastic films recently moved into a leased 90,000-square-foot building two miles from its former headquarters.
``It is a long-term move for us,'' President and Chief Executive Officer Donnie Thompson said in a Dec. 3 telephone interview. ``Obviously, I don't see huge growth for us in 2009, given the economic conditions. But we're positioned for when the market picks up again.''
The new plant, which includes corporate offices, a film-slitting operation and warehouse space, is 36 percent larger than the one it replaced, he said. Interfilm's old headquarters also was leased.
Thompson said the move will enable Interfilm to better serve its customers in the southeastern United States. Interfilm also operates plants in Glastonbury, Conn.; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Guilford, Conn.; and North Aurora, Ill.
The firm's products include polyester, polypropylene, polystyrene, cellophane, brushed films, compostable films and metal-adhesion films for the label, flexible packaging, folding carton, envelopes, flexible plastic air duct and industrial film end markets.
It's been a big decade for the company, Thompson said. In addition to expanding its headquarters and southeast facility, Interfilm this year for the first time exhibited at two major trade shows, Labelexpo Americas and Pack Expo, both in Chicago. In 2007, Interfilm acquired Brushfoil LLC of Guilford, a manufacturer of metallized brushed films for labels, lamination and appliance and automotive applications.
Recently, Interfilm helped to develop an antimicrobial polyester for use in various specialty film markets, using a silver-based antimicrobial coating.
The company doesn't disclose sales numbers, but Thompson said Interfilm's annual growth has been about 20 percent over the past four years.