Injection molder Plastek Group is considering moving its global headquarters from Erie, Pa., to North Carolina, officials said.
In a Jan. 28 telephone interview, President Dennis Prischak said that moving south has been on Plastek's agenda for some time. He would not disclose where in North Carolina the company is considering relocating, or what the effect might be on current Plastek jobs.
If something doesn't work out, we won't pursue it. We don't have a timetable. This is not the first time that we've been in this situation, he said.
The company which does business in North America as Plastek Industries Inc. informed its 1,000 Erie employees Jan. 26 that 200 of them might be moved to an undisclosed Southern location where Plastek is in negotiations to buy a factory.
The move would help Plastek trim transportation costs.
Plastek makes plastic containers for the personal-care, cosmetics, pharmaceutical packaging, and food and beverage markets, and has design, tooling and decorating operations.
In addition to its Erie headquarters plant, Plastek has manufacturing operations in Mansfield, England; Caracas, Venezuela; and Indaiatuba, Brazil.
On its Web site, Plastek says it plans to open plants in China and Thailand, but it does not say when.
Prischak said Plastek is seeking new customers in the industries it serves, and maybe even expanding into new markets.
If there was automotive work that was worthwhile, we'd look into it. At the end of the day, we're a custom molder and we have molding-machine time to sell, he said.
Plastics News estimated Plastek's 2008 injection molding sales at $315 million.
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