Inspirion Ventures Inc. a unit of Nova Chemicals Corp. has taken its first large commercial order for its line of Cosmo-brand moving and storage containers.
The company ordering 1,000 Cosmo units is Covan World-Wide Moving Inc., a shipping firm based in Midland City, Ala. Covan used some of the Cosmo units for the first time late last month for a residential move in Dothan, Ala.
Cosmo containers are collapsible and include 250 cubic feet of storage space, but are less than 3 feet high when collapsed. When fully extended, each unit is 8 feet long, 8 feet high and 5 feet wide.
We had been working for seven years to develop this type of unit, Covan spokesman Adam Hall said. We tried to use metal, but they didn't work and they weighed three times as much as these. Then Nova approached us with this [Cosmo] idea and it clicked.
Officials with Pittsburgh-based Inspirion said the containers provide significant freight, weight and storage savings for moving and storage companies.
Working with an expert like [Covan] gives us the opportunity to better understand the moving and storage industry ultimately delivering a better product to the market, Alan Schrob, Nova/Inspirion business development director, said in the news release.
The Cosmo line also allows Nova to diversify its product mix.
For us to work with the Cosmo units and use our [Surpass polyethylene] resin in the application allows us to work a little farther down the line, Nova spokesperson Jennifer Moorhouse added.
Cosmo containers are rotational molded exclusively by Plasticraft Corp. in Darien, Wis.
Inspirion wholly owned by Nova plans to market the Cosmo line through direct sales and distribution channels.
Nova's Moorhouse added that Cosmo units could be made in different sizes if the product proves a success in different markets. There currently are no plans to sell Cosmo units through mass-market retail.
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