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Portuguese blow molder expands Kansas City plant for PET bottles.

Originally opened in July 2013 to supply Procter & Gamble, the Kansas City, Mo., plant of Portugal-based Logoplaste utilizes stretch-blow molding to supply the home-care market. It started with 34 employees but a recent expansion is expected to create 110 new jobs over the next five years. Once fully staffed, the company expects to have 185 employees.

Logoplaste ( has 67 facilities in four continents and 17 countries, producing rigid plastic packaging for food and beverage, personal-care, household-care, and oil and lubricant sectors. The company has more than 350 machines and 2000 employees. It will relocate some capacity from its Plainfield, III., plant as part of the expansion, in addition to installing new equipment and upgrading the facility, which will be Logoplaste's new U.S. manufacturing and distribution hub.

In June, the company installed a Sidel SB01 stretch-blow molding machine at its Logoplaste Innovation Lab in Plainfield. In 2009, Logoplaste partnered with global spirits manufacturer Diageo to build an on-site PET bottle facility in Plainfield. Logoplaste does through-the-wall, just-in-time bottle production for several customers globally.

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Title Annotation:Starting Up: TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Publication:Plastics Technology
Date:Mar 1, 2016
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