Custom film extruder ISO Poly Films Inc. is opening a new plant in Vanouver, Wash., and adding lines at its Gray Court, S.C., facility.
The expansion will increase the company's capacity to about 130 million pounds annually and create 20-30 new jobs. Total cost for both expansions is about $20 million.
ISO Poly, based in Gray Court, is opening the new plant to be closer to its West Coast customers, founder and President Jon McClure said in a June 20 telephone interview.
In recent years, the company has seen increased demand for its flexible packaging products, he added.
“We want to grow,” McClure said. “We think our customers are there and the demand's there, so we're just meeting the demands in the market.”
ISO Poly will move into an existing facility in Vancouver. The plant will have three-layer coextrusion and seven-layer barrier capacity.
The Vancouver plant will start production with two Hosokawa Alpine American blown film lines, but ISO Poly plans to add more lines “pretty rapidly,” McClure said.
He did not disclose the size of the new facility, but said it can support six additional lines and offers plenty of room to expand.
At its Gray Court plant, ISO Poly will add two Windm"ller & H"lscher blown film lines. The 135,000-square-foot plant employs 110 and currently houses 11 film lines, including monolayer and three-, five- and seven-layer high-barrier coextrusion lines, according to the company.
ISO Poly manufactures high-performance specialty films, primarily for food and medical applications. The firm had sales of about $100 million last year and could reach $150 million by 2013, McClure said.
ISO is a subsidiary of mammoth plastics film producer Sigma Plastics Group of Lyndhurst, N.J., and the flagship of Sigma's multilayer specialty films division.