Thermoformer C+K Plastics Inc. is expanding its operation in Georgia, purchasing a 95,000-square-foot facility in Conyers.
Metuchen, N.J.-based C+K is a manufacturer of thermoformed parts and assemblies for the aerospace, medical, agricultural, refrigeration, petroleum and other industries.
“It will be a mirror image of what we do in Metuchen. We will be able to all of it in Conyers plus more. We will add more assembly,” said David Grice, vice president of sales and marketing, in a phone interview.
“People are looking for continuity. What happens if the power grid goes down? This is our solution. We will have the same type of equipment at both locations,” Grice added.
He said the new location has high ceilings, proper plumbing and the necessary setup for a thermoforming operation. The first machine is already being readied and should be ready to produce parts by the first of March.
The facility is east of Atlanta and has easy access to Interstate 20.
C+K Plastics expanded into the Southeast with the purchase of Multiplastics Georgia Inc. in Suwanee in June 2015. Grice said that operation is in a leased building and that's what started the search by company President Bob Carrier for a new and larger facility.
He added that most employees expect to make the move from Suwanee, which is about 35 miles away. For some, Conyers is closer to their homes.
Grice said C+K also purchased thermoforming assets from a large customer in Georgia that used to do its own proprietary work, but now will let C+K handle it.
He said the larger facility will help C+K supply its growing customer base in the Southeast and the Midwest. He said the company has about 120 workers in New Jersey and plan to have as many as 60 in Georgia by the end of the year.
Grice said aerospace and medical apparatus continue to be strong businesses, but that work on beverage and ice dispensers have proven to be the company's top segment last year.
The company ranks 68th in Plastics News ranking of thermoformers, with estimated sales of $16 million.