Film extruder and bag producer Aluf Plastics Inc. has opened a plant in Texas that stretches its geographic reach.
Aluf, based in Orangeburg, N.Y., established a film and bag plant in Sulphur Springs, Texas, the company recently announced. It expects to employ more than 40 at the site in coming months.
“We're pumping in serious capital to bring the plant up to standard,” said David Anderson, vice president of operations.
The company is spending on automation and new technology to make its polyethylene bags in Sulphur Springs. The project should lift its extrusion and bag capacity to about 200 million pounds per year, he estimated.
The facility is close to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and near strategic ports that it could use to export bags, the company said. Being closer to some customers boosts its distribution in a cost-effective, eco-friendly manner, the firm claimed.
“It will expand our distribution to existing clients throughout the Southwest region, while bringing new distributors and retailers into the Aluf family,” noted Aluf CEO Susan Rosenberg in a news release.
Aluf makes a wide range of low and high density polyethylene consumer and commercial bags for trash, recycling and industrial packaging. It touts its hexene-type LDPE bags as being extra tough. It uses recycled resin in many of its products. Some contain Microban antimicrobial additive to deter bacteria and other odor-causing organisms.
The company is minority-owned and woman-owned and has been in the same family since 1977. Susan Rosenberg has been leading the company since 2008. Aluf ranked 61st in the most recent Plastics News survey of North American film and sheet manufacturers, with estimated sales of $105 million.