Rollprint Packaging adds prototype lab
ADDISON, ILL. Addison-based film converter Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. has opened a new prototype laboratory to provide packaging support to makers of pharmaceutical and medical disposal products.
Our goal in upgrading our prototyping capability is to provide our customers with package performance information that will paint an accurate picture of what would happen in a commercial environment, technology Vice President Doug Dodrill said in an Aug. 11 news release.
Rollprint has added a Multivac thermoforming machine to the new lab. In conjunction with the lab's tray sealers, the company will be able to test an array of thermoformed tray-and-lid combinations. The lab also has pouch-making and cold-form foil packaging capabilities, the release said.
We are now able to run a variety of material configurations on a commercial machine which is a big asset in determining what packaging behavior is best suited to the product, Dodrill said in the release.
Profile distributor files for Chapter 11
LAKELAND, FLA. Plastic shape and profile distributor Plastic Engineering Solutions Inc. of Lakeland has filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors.
The firm made the filing June 25 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa, Fla. In court documents, PES listed assets valued at between $500,000 and $1 million, and debt of between $1 million and $10 million.
PES' largest unsecured creditor is Synovus Bank of St. Petersburg, Fla., which is owed $300,000. The only plastics firm on PES' list of its 20 largest unsecured creditors is sheet manufacturer Plazit 2001 in Emek Yizrael, Israel, which is owed about $58,000.
PES reported sales of $2.2 million in 2008, up from sales of $1.9 million in 2007. The firm's U.S. product mix includes acrylic and polycarbonate sheet and PVC foam. It also distributes to South America, Central America and the Caribbean. PES remained open for business Aug. 12, but officials were unavailable for comment.
New Plastipak plant to serve Dr Pepper
PLYMOUTH, MICH. Bottle maker Plastipak Packaging Inc. plans to open a plant in Victorville, Calif., to make bottles for customer Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.
Dr Pepper of Plano, Texas, is building a factory in Victorville that it said will begin production in spring 2010. Plymouth-based Plastipak is its biggest supplier.
The bottle maker has signed an agreement to site its plant near Dr Pepper's, which is located at the Southern California Logistics Airport, according to a newsletter from the Victorville Economic Development Department.
Plastipak officials did not respond to requests for comment. However, its Web site lists 78 jobs in Victorville.
The Victorville plant will be Plastipak's first facility on the West Coast. The firm now has plants throughout the Midwest, Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Massachusetts.
Local news reports said Plastipak has submitted plans to take over a vacant 230,000-square-foot site and employ up to 200.
CooperVision closing contact-lens plant
PLEASANTON, CALIF. CooperVision Inc. said Aug. 13 that it will close a plant next year in Norfolk, Va., that makes soft contact lenses, eliminating 570 jobs.
The company said it will relocate lens making to plants in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, and Hamble, England, over the next 15 months. No jobs will be added at those sites.
CooperVision is a unit of Cooper Cos. Inc. of Pleasanton, a public company that also makes diagnostic and surgical products.
Disposable contact lenses are made from injection molded plastic molds, though details about the Norfolk operation were not available.
In a statement, CooperVision President and CEO Robert Weiss called closing Norfolk an extremely difficult decision, but said the firm has made strides in improving efficiency.
Over the past year, we have increased manufacturing throughput while reducing manufacturing headcount by roughly 685 employees, he said.
Officials will provide more details in a third-quarter conference call Sept. 3.
Copyright 2009 Crain Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved.