Delta Plastics of the South LLC, which already has been ramping up to expand agricultural plastic recycling in California, is now acquiring a significant recycler in the state.
Stuttgart, Ark.-based Delta Plastics acquired Command Packaging LLC and its sister company, Encore Recycling LLC, in a move that gives it both recycling and new product manufacturing capacity.
"It was just a natural fit," Delta Plastics CEO Sean Whiteley of Delta Plastics said in a Feb. 9 interview. "We share the same core operating philosophies and visions around sustainable, closed-loop plastic manufacturing. Closed-loop green manufacturing is a passion for both organizations."
A key component of the deal is the Encore Recycling unit located in Salinas, Calif., which Delta says is "California's only manufacturer of high-quality post-consumer recycled polyethylene film-grade resin."
Encore Recycling relies on used agricultural plastics to serve as a feedstock for Command Packaging to then make new products, including plastic bags for the food service, grocery and retail markets.
Los Angeles-based Command Packaging's bags are thicker than the typical grocery store bags and designed for multiple uses.
"Demand for high-quality sustainable plastic packaging is increasing. It became obvious we needed a growth partner to accelerate our expansion and meet the growing demands of the markets we serve," CEO Pete Grande of Command Packaging and Encore Recycling said in a statement.