DEVENS, MASS. (Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m. ET) — Blown film extruder and bag producer Laddawn Inc. of Devens will begin operating its fourth manufacturing facility during the first quarter of 2012.
The location in Sparks, Nev., will help Laddawn serve its West Coast customer base, a company spokesman said.
Laddawn has operated a distribution center in the Reno area since 2000, marketing Vice President Owen Richardson said in a Sept. 14 telephone interview.
Officials decided to purchase a new facility sized slightly over 100,000 square feet in Sparks, shuttering operations at the original distribution site to consolidate it into the new facility.
The site gives Laddawn the rail access and footprint to manufacture, Richardson said. The firm expects to start with 11 workers and four blown film lines that will be able to produce films over 150 inches wide. It expects to grow to 20 employees within the first 24 months.
Laddawn officials worked with the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, which estimated the annual economic impact of the Laddawn project at slightly more than $2 million.
Separately, Laddawn also is investing in more capacity at sites near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Dallas. The firm also has manufacturing near Boston and a distribution plant in Atlanta.
“We're doing very well,” Richardson said. “We're primarily gaining market share, doing more business with existing customers.”