An aging population boosting demand for hygienic products has spurred Filmtech Corp. to expand its Allentown, Pa., cast films plant.
“We're meeting growing demand as people get older,” said Mark Teo, president and CEO of parent company Sigma Plastics Group of Lyndhurst, N.J.
Filmtech is installing a new, multilayer Davis-Standard cast film line and two high-speed winders, the company said.
In a telephone interview, Teo did not disclose the cost of the project, which includes adding 50,000 square feet of space to the 100,000-square-foot facility.
The cast film line is Allentown's fourth. The operation is the main producer of hygiene films within Sigma Group. The new capacity will come on stream in early 2013.
Filmtech also announced that Mike Quinn, a 40-year veteran in the hygienic-disposables market, has joined its sales team and will help Filmtech land homes for its extra capacity. He runs a business called MJ Quinn and Co. in Hamilton, Ohio.
Teo estimates Filmtech will add 25 jobs to run the cast film line and new winders.
In addition to hygienic films, Filmtech makes cast film for agriculture and industrial markets.
Sigma Plastics Group is the largest privately owned film business in North and Central America. Its North American sales reached $2.45 billion for the year ended Oct. 31, 2010. Overall, it runs 37 plants, employs more than 5,000 and processes 2 billion pounds of resin per year. Only Bemis Co. Inc. of Neenah, Wis., is larger in North America.