Plastics industry veteran and entrepreneur Chad Root has started Green Boomerang Returnables Inc. in Elkhart, Ind. The company will engineer and manufacture packaging specifically designed to be reused multiple times, spokesman Levi Hazen said in a Jan. 7 telephone interview.
Green Boomerang packaging will include corrugated plastic, pallets, specialized racking systems, totes and dunnage, as well as corrugated paper products, Hazen said.
We intend to contract with local design firms and manufacturers to produce these materials. This will put idle manufacturing facilities to use and potentially create jobs, Root said in a news release. Another of Root's Elkhart companies, Spearhead Sales and Marketing, will market the products.
According to Hazen, Green Boomerang's injection molding contractors include Orbis Corp. of Oconomowoc, Wis., and Buckhorn Inc. and Akro-Mils, subsidiaries of Akron, Ohio-based Myers Industries Inc.
Resins that will be processed include regular and high density polyethylene, high-molecular-weight PE and polypropylene.
Root worked for six years as sales manager for Fast Heat Inc., an Elmhurst, Ill.-based manufacturer of temperature controls for injection molders.
We have a lot of contacts in the industry already, Hazen said. We have enjoyed working with the injection molding industry.
According to Spearhead's Web site, Root also worked for recycled packaging maker Fremont Die Cut Products of Fremont, Ohio, and thermoform and plastic card tooling maker Freeman Co., also of Fremont.
Green Boomerang will use radio-frequency identification and proprietary tracking software that will show the number of trips a certain container makes, the return on investment for that container and application-specific information, such as inside humidity and temperature.
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