Reusable pallet and dunnage maker Orbis Corp. — part of Menasha Corp. of Neenah — plans to integrate its operations and services with those of plastic sheet producer Corbi Plastics, after assuming full ownership of that company.
Meanwhile, a former Menasha business, Pinckney Molded Plastics, is closing. Menasha recently sold Pinckney, an injection molder in Howell, Mich., to Alpha Systems LLC, which is shuttering the operation, resulting in a loss of 47 jobs.
Pinckney's main products are residential housing shutters that are carried by retailers like Lowe's and Menard's.
Corbi Plastics was a 50-50 joint venture of Orbis, based in Oconomowoc, Wis., and partner Cartonplast Group GmbH of Dietzenbach, Germany. Orbis bought out Cartonplast on Dec. 22 for undisclosed terms.
Madison, Wis.-based Corbi employs 110 and uses three extrusion lines in manufacturing solid and plastic corrugated sheet packaging in an 82,000-square-foot DeForest, Wis., facility.
The company operates 11 domestic service, cleaning and sorting centers through which it manages pools of plastic reusable pallets, top frames and divider sheets.
Orbis and Cartonplast formed the Corbi joint venture in 2005.
Orbis, which manufactures reusable plastic totes, pallets and dunnage and bulk systems, plans to expand its service capabilities relating to reusable packaging and, through Corbi, broaden its product lines and locations. A cross-company team is addressing integration issues.
Menasha, which owned Pinckney since 2008, recently sold it to Elkhart, Ind.-based Alpha, which plans to shut down the operation. Alpha makes products for the recreational vehicle, marine, commercial roofing and housing markets.
Pinckney's plant will close by the end of March, and Alpha will move its production equipment to Elkhart, according to a Jan. 6 article in the Howell Daily Press & Argus newspaper.
Pinckney had been in business for about 20 years, and at one point had as many as 100 employees, according to the article. Some Pinckney employees may be offered positions with Alpha, it added.
Officials with Alpha and Menasha could not be reached for comment.
Menasha's businesses in plastics and paper packaging — as well as promotional work — have annual sales of about $1 billion.