A Calumet City-based company has added two production lines to its North Carolina plant, in order to ramp up the manufacture of more sophisticated products, such as antibacterial plastic treatments and microscopic anti-counterfeiting markers.
Plastics Color Corp. makes color concentrates, colorants and compounds that go into a wide variety of plastic products, including packaging for the food and beverage industries.
The company has invested in state-of-the-art equipment so it can more efficiently produce specialized materials, including for medical devices that are typically made in smaller batches, said company spokesman Greg Rosenberg. The new production lines are expected to result in a few additional jobs in North Carolina.
Plastics Color Corp. declined to disclose the amount invested in the two pieces of manufacturing equipment, which extrude strings of colorant that ends up in everything from toys to razors. The company's North Carolina facility already has eight production lines, three sample lines, 44 workers, a color laboratory and a research and development facility.
"The new lines give us more flexibility, faster changeover times, tighter tolerance and reduced lead times," said Robert Wagner, manager of the North Carolina plant.
Plastics Color Corp. has factories in North Carolina, California, China and Calumet City, where its corporate headquarters has been located for the last 31 years. The company is a global provider of colorants, polymer technologies and other products to plastic processors who serve a wide range of industries, including the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, medical and health and beauty sectors.
Basically, the company can infuse any type of plastic part with color, Rosenberg said. But technology is advancing, and Plastics Color Corp. also wants to be able to meet a growing demand for specialized products, such as antibacterial treatments, anti-counterfeiting taggants and flame retardants.
"We are constantly investing in our resources, including facilities and personnel, to service our customers more efficiently," said Wagner. "As we produce more specialized products for plastics processors, we need to become more agile in producing various size batches. Our new lines give us this needed flexibility and allow us to remain cost-effective."