Edgerton, Wis.-based thermoformer Coextruded Plastic Technologies Inc. and sister firm Green-Tek Inc. are moving their collocated operations 11 miles into a larger, updated, more-efficient plant in Janesville, Wis.
The companies' current lease expires Nov. 30 and company officials expect the 180,000-square-foot plant in Janesville to be operating before then.
While Green-Tek claims to be a leader in its sector, it is dramatic growth at CPT that is driving the expansion, Paul Jacobson, Green-Tek president and co-owner of both companies, said in a Sept. 30 telephone interview.
CPT spun off from Green-Tek in 2000 and is rapidly going to make Green-Tek the little sister, Jacobson said.
CPT thermoforms predominately food, but also retail, packaging products.
The company offers registered print thermoforming. CPT can print food storage and preparation info, bar codes and company logos during the thermoforming process and can land the logo in that same spot millions of times over. Jacobson called the technique the first significant breakthrough in thermoforming in 40 years.
It allows food processors to be able to print their logos and information onto the tray itself and eliminates the need for press-on labels or cardboard sleeves. It's a sustainable feature that saves money, he said. Most sustainable things you see cost a lot more. Here's one that dramatically saves.
Green-Tek supplies rigid multiwall and corrugated polycarbonate sheeting, and flexible polyethylene film for greenhouse coverings in North America.
The companies' new facility was vacated by automotive seat manufacturer Lear Corp. after General Motors Corp. closed a production plant in Janesville.
CPT and Green-Tek are working to build up inventory to avoid interrupting service during the relocation. All of the companies' workers are expected to make the move, he said.
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