Blown film manufacturer Danafilms Inc. is doubling the size of its Franklin, Ky., plant to make room for a new coextrusion line and to accommodate future growth.
Westborough, Mass.-based Danafilms said in a March 11 news release it would expand the Franklin plant from about 50,000 to 100,000 square feet and install a second Windmoeller & Hoelscher seven-layer blown coextrusion film line.
The firm is investing $7 million in the expansion and plans to start up the new line before the end of the year.
Also, Danafilms' new line will be on display in operation at the K show, to be held Oct. 27-Nov. 3 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
This [addition] really allows us to cut the lead times for coextruded products, Aaron LaPointe, Danafilms' coextrusion technical manager, said in the release. We do a great deal of custom work, tweaking the properties of the films. With a seven-layer coextrusion [line], we can provide very precise properties in the most cost-effective configuration possible.
With a second line available, we can get the finished work to the customer much faster.
In the release, sales manager Steve Crimmin said the additions to the Kentucky plant will give Danafilms 7.5 million to 8 million pounds of new capacity. This will be the firm's 16th line, he said.
Danafilms has manufactured polyethylene films since 1970. It supplies converters with monolayer and multilayer coextruded films.
The company processes low and linear low density PE, metallocene-catalyzed PE and ethylene vinyl alcohol resins.
In Plastics News' most recent industry survey, Danafilms ranked 68th among North American film and sheet extruders, with $67 million in annual sales. The company employs about 100.
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