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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 320ꯠ sq’ assembly plant and a 90ꯠ 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 50ꯠ 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 20ꯠ sq’ insert and outsert mfg. facility in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. The building has expansion capacity to 50ꯠ 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 20ꯠ 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 20ꯠ 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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