Inline Plastics Corp. (Shelton, CT) has announced the addition of six new thermoforming lines, plus the expansion of its facilities, in response to the continued growth of their innovative food packaging products.
Installation of new large platform, roll fed thermoforming machines as well as mid-sized machines with increased flexibility, including attendant support equipment, has taken place in the past 12 months at all three of Inline Plastics' manufacturing facilities. These facilities are located in Shelton, CT, McDonough, GA, and Salt Lake City, UT. Part of this investment has included a new mid-sized machine for Inline's R&D facility in Milford, CT, which will be utilized to further support new product development efforts. This is on top of significant investments in new tooling and infrastructure to support the growth of the business.
In addition to the new production lines, Inline has added 157,200 sq. ft. of manufacturing and warehousing space to the Georgia facility, and is presently pursuing options to expand its Connecticut and Utah facilities. All to ensure preparedness to meet the growing demand for their products.
"As our business continues to grow, we are committed to continuously invest in capacity to ensure we have sufficient capacity to support our customer's requirements and maintain our very high fill rates" states Jim Porcaro, vice president of operations.
Existing and future supermarket, foodservice, distributor and processor customers will realize several key benefits from the expansion:
- Consistent lead times: Appropriate local product inventory will enable customers to carry lower levels of inventory, resulting in increased inventory turns.
- Increased flexibility on special orders or service situations: Production and inventory planning is optimized to reflect the specific product needs of each region.
- Local production capacity/capabilities: Enables Inline to run all of its most popular items at each manufacturing facility.