Thermoformer Inline Plastics Corp. has expanded one plant and added two large thermoforming production lines to make its PET clamshell containers and other food packaging.
“The basic reason why is, fortunately, we are growing. We are putting products into the market that our customers value and we are being rewarded with increased demand,” Inline President Tom Orkisz said.
At its plant in Salt Lake City, Inline has installed a roll-fed TSL thermoforming machine from Thermoforming Systems LLC of Union Gap, Wis. The company expanded the factory by 47,000 square feet, bringing its total size to 156,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehousing space.
Inline plans to make several new sizes of its Safe-T-Fresh line of tamper-evident containers, and new grab-and-go food-service containers, on the new thermoforming line.
Inline's 2-year-old plant in McDonough, Ga., also is boosting production, with a new platform thermoforming line from Lyle Industries Inc. of Beaverton, Mich. The line doubles the plant's capacity to produce the Safe-T-Fresh packaging, as well as several new products.
Inline Plastics, based in Shelton, Conn., makes thermoformed PET packaging for fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, salads, food-service, baked goods and deli items.
Orkisz said that the Inline has enjoyed steady growth in the Southeast and the West, prompting the plant expansions.
“From these locations we can more efficiently service our ... customer base with significantly shorter lead times and a broad local-product offering,” he said.