Nova Chemicals Inc.'s Inspirion Ventures Inc. unit has set up a distribution network for its Cosmo-brand moving and storage containers.
The collapsible containers first commercialized last year by Pittsburgh-based Inspirion now are available from:
* Universal Package Systems Inc., a maker of reusable plastic and metal bulk containers and similar items in Dale, Ind.
* Northeast Rescue Systems Inc., a Roslindale, Mass.-based distributor of equipment for the fire, first-response and hazardous-material markets.
* RJR Consulting Inc., an international consulting firm providing products, technology and manufacturing solutions. RJR is based in New Albany, Ohio.
* EIT Ltd., a consulting firm for the oil and gas industry, based in Calgary, Alberta.
Inspirion commercialized its first two collapsible containers last year and now has introduced a non-collapsible plastic waste container designed and manufactured by Plastique Rotek Inc., a rotational molder in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec.
All Cosmo-brand products are made from Nova's Surpass-brand polyethylene. All Cosmo collapsible units are produced exclusively by rotational/blow molder Plasticraft Corp. in Darien, Wis.
The collapsible container is uniquely designed and can withstand the demanding conditions and environments needed in the government and military market, RJR President Bob Russell said in a May 5 news release.
Northeast Rescue Systems President Patrick O'Connor said in the release the container's portability will allow our teams to respond faster in challenging situations, enhancing our emergency response systems and processes.
The original collapsible container model can be collapsed to less than 3 feet high. When fully extended, the original unit has 250 cubic feet of storage space and is 8 feet long, 5 feet wide and 8 feet high.
The second collapsible unit made specifically for the moving and storage industry collapses to 3 feet high. It has 240 cubic feet of storage space and is 71/2 feet long, 5 feet wide and 81/2 feet high.
The second unit made a big debut in the second half of 2009 when Covan World-Wide Moving Inc. a shipping firm based in Midland City, Ala. ordered 1,000 of them.
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