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Pharmaceutical Makers Show Preference for Dedicated Suppliers

Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
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Robb moves into PET production

Long known as a manufacturer of extrusion blow-molded plastic containers, Robb Container Corp., Naperville, IL, has begun to offer bottles of oriented polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with the startup of its Model SSB 20 stretch/blow molding system from MAG-Plastic (Toronto, Ont.)
This $5-million gravure press has 10 stations for a variety of printing requirements.
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Converters add new presses

Packaging converters in the U.S. and beyond have recently added new capabilities that will broaden the services they offer. In most cases, flexible packaging converters have been adding new printing presses.
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7-UP adds sparkle to holiday packages

A holographic label on 2-L bottles of 7-UP and Diet 7-UP is helping to promote a Miracle Money promotion by Dallas-based Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up Corp. Bottles with the holographic label are available in Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Southern California markets until the end of the year.
Above: Gary Kulling, plant manager at CPC?s new plant inspects bottles destined to become Coastal Unilube (above, right). At CPC
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CPC takes over bottlemaking for Coastal Unilube

Continental Plastic Containers (Norwalk, CT) recently opened its 16th bottle plant (15th in the U.S.). This one's in West Memphis, AR, and it produces high-density polyethylene containers for Coastal Unilube.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Improved Blow Molding Equipment Co., Inc. (Bedford Park, IL) announced the appointment of Schram Plastics Systems (Mt. Prospect, IL) as its midwest sales representative.
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LLDPE-type resin

Quantum (Cincinnati, OH) has formulated a new LLDPE-type tie-layer resin that has good adhesion to EVOH, nylons, ionomers, PE and ethylene copolymers in coextrusion applications.
Cases of aerosol products are conveyed to the labeler (top) where bar-coded labels are printed then applied using the tamp-blow
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Is bar-coding a valuable customer service?

When customers asked for bar codes to help control inventory,Sherwin-Williams got the message. It implemented a custom print/apply bar code labeling system.
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New resin

The Soft Touch package from Kranson Industries (St. Louis, MO) contains Catalloy process resins for a texture described as being a cross between a bar of soap and rubber.

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