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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

UCB Films (Wigton, Cumbria, England) will invest $50 million throughout the next year to increase its production capacity for specialty coated films.

The co. will install a third coater at its Wigton U.K. plant in addition to a new BOPP bubble line. —Rapistan Systems (Grand Rapids MI) has acquired a 320 sq’ assembly plant and a 90 sq’ office building in Grand Rapids MI. The buildings will be used for office assembly and staging areas to fulfill current and future contracts for postal automation systems and parcel and freight applications.—Cermex Inc. (Atlanta GA) has relocated to 4845 S. Old Peachtree Rd. Norcross GA 30071-1504; phone: 678/221-3570 fax: 678/221-3571. —Dow Plastics (Midland MI) has opened a start-up of the Index Interpolymers product development plant in Sarnia Ontario Canada. The new plant has an annual production capacity of 50 million lb.—Alloyd Co. Inc. (Dekalb IL) will begin operating its sixth thermoforming facility in Eupora MI. The building will occupy 50 sq’.—TOPS® Eng. Corp. (Richardson TX) has moved its headquarters to 1651 N. Collins Blvd. Ste. 240 Richardson TX 75080; phone: 972/739-8677 fax: 972/739-9478.—Sterling Group (New York NY) has relocated its headquarters to The Empire State Building 17th floor New York NY 10118; phone: 212/329-4652 fax: 212/329-4700.—Pharmagraphics LLC (Greensboro NC) has opened a new 20 sq’ insert and outsert mfg. facility in Simcoe Ontario Canada. The building has expansion capacity to 50 sq’. —Bradman-Lake Inc. (Charlotte NC) has expanded its cartoning systems capacity by moving into a new facility at 9201-D Forsyth Park Dr. Charlotte NC 28273; phone: 704/588-3301 fax: 704/588-3302.—Cardpak Inc. (Solon OH) has reopened its headquarters following a fire that claimed its former facility and equipment. The new facility is located at 29601 Solon Rd. Solon OH 44139; phone: 800/824-3342 fax: 440/542-3399.—International Paper’s (Memphis TN) Beverage Packaging Business has formed The Global Packaging Machinery Business by consolidating Evergreen Packaging Equipment with other units.—Printpak Inc. (Atlanta GA) has installed a new thermoformer in its Williamsburg VA plant adding an estimated 250 million containers to the plant’s annual forming capacity.—Covert Co. (Baltimore MD) has tripled its workspace by relocating to 707 E. Ordnance Rd. Ste. 401 Baltimore MD 21226; phone: 410/761-2727 fax: 410/761-5127. —Vacuum Insulation Trade Assn. (Arlington VA) a newly formed intl. trade assn. will promote communication research and education on the commercial use of vacuum-insulation technology. —Mobil Chemical Co. (Pittsford NY) will increase annual capacity by more than 20 tons through expansion of its OPP mfg. plant in Brindisi Italy.—Consolidated Labels Inc. (Longwood FL) will begin an expansion in March that includes the addition of 20 sq’ to its production facility.—Sharp (Conshohocken PA) recently completed renovations to its headquarters that include the addition of a customer support workspace. —Jay Packaging Group Inc. (Northfield IL) added a new eight-color 12-unit Heidelberg press at its Warwick RI production facility.—Klöckner Pentaplast (Gordonsville VA) has begun construction on a new satellite mfg. facility to accommodate a new jumbo polyester film extrusion line.

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