Bridge unit to make plastic bubble film
FORT WAYNE, IND. — Bridge Packaging LLC of Fort Wayne has started a new subsidiary, Bridge Plastics Mfg., which is entering the plastic bubble film manufacturing business.
According to an Aug. 18 news release from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, Bridge will move its new operation into a 4,000-square-foot area within the city's Urban Enterprise Center, a small business incubator.
The company will manufacture poly air bubble and bubble laminates for industrial and retail customers throughout the Midwest, according to the release.
“The project is phase one of a series of planned equipment acquisitions that will allow Bridge Packaging to manufacture about 35 percent of what it typically wholesales,” President Gary Elliott said in the release.
He claimed that the new business will be the only producer of bubble-type film in Indiana.
Sales for the initial three years of operation are projected to be in the $3 million to $4 million range, according to the release.
Bridge also has hired a new plant manager, three machine operators, support personnel and a group of five independent representatives and sales agents. Bridge will hire five to 10 employees for Bridge Plastics and Bridge Packaging during the next year, according to the release.
Privately held Bridge is a wholesaler of paper and packaging goods and equipment.
The firm carries products from nearly 30 manufacturers — including 3M, Sealed Air, Intertape, Rubbermaid and Ivex, according to its website — selling products like polyethylene bags and films, stretch films, banding, void-fill packaging and other items for retail and industrial uses.
WL breaking ground on facility in Texas
CASPER, WYO. — Polyethylene pipe extruder WL Plastics Inc. of Casper will break ground before Christmas on a new manufacturing facility in Snyder, Texas.
Officials from WL Plastics did not return a call seeking comment. The location gives WL a presence in West Texas.
Bill Lavers, executive director of the Development Corp. of Snyder Inc., said WL's goal is to be operational by May. The company's investment is expected to be about $11.5 million. Development Corp. purchased land to develop a new rail spur for WL's site.
Michael Dahl, director of WL Plastics, was quoted in a news release issued by Development Corp., saying that the firm investigated quite a number of communities to determine the right location.
According to information provided by Development Corp., the Scurry County area — which includes Snyder — is one of the leading oil-producing regions in Texas, due to its location in the Permian Basin, one of the state's largest petroleum deposits.
Lavers said in a Dec. 7 telephone interview that the plant will be 43,000 square feet and employ 30-40. The site will be WL's second location in Texas and its sixth manufacturing site in North America. It operates facilities in Casper; Cedar City, Utah; Bowie, Texas; Elizabethtown, Ky.; and Calgary, Alberta.