REMINGTON, IN – September 8, 2022 – Inteplast’s AmTopp Division has begun production on one of its two stretch film extrusion lines and will increase its current workforce by more than 37 percent in time for mid-September, when the second stretch film line goes into production. Stretch film, made from linear low-density polyethylene, is used to secure goods during their transport, allowing for palletized loads and other profile types to be stabilized, unitized, and protected from dust or other unhygienic or corrosive elements.
Combined, the stretch film and pre-stretch extrusion lines are estimated to yield a monthly average of 2 million pounds in product until the startup of the second stretch film line, when it increases to 5 million pounds. Currently the plant’s pre-stretch production has averaged more than 500,000 pounds per month for the last year-and-a-half. The Remington facility is slated to produce up to 60 million pounds of film per year.
AmTopp Division President Homer Hsieh said that the stretch film product offerings available at Remington now mirror the facility’s four sister plants in Lolita and Houston, TX; Charlotte, NC; and Phoenix, AZ.
“We truly appreciate the warm welcome from the local communities with whom we worked closely from day one. Our commitment to this industry and our customers dictated this expansion. Our Remington facility is designed to provide enhanced services that match our quality stretch film products; our customers deserve nothing less,” stated Hsieh.
The architect and leader of the project, Benjamin Wang, whose tenure at Inteplast and expertise in stretch film spans more than three decades, looks forward to the plant’s success. Customers will have options ranging from machine and hand films from AmTopp’s High Performance Load Series, Engineered Ultra High Performance Series, Premium Value Film Series, as well as color-tinted stretch film from the Specialty Film Series.
“It has been a unique and blessed experience to expand AmTopp’s quality stretch film and services to this location, which was strategically chosen to serve our customers. We began the project during the COVID pandemic, and it couldn’t have been completed without the support from each of our stretch film locations, our engineering team, local vendors, and our team in Remington. We look forward to being the newest member of this vibrant, industrial community,” said Wang.
Several other staff members who have supported the startup include General Plant Manager Laxmikanth “Lucky” Gangaji, who oversees production at both AmTopp’s Phoenix and Remington sites, and Scott Stevens, assistant general manager of the AmTopp stretch films business unit.
Gangaji noted that the stretch film operation is committed to global sustainability and that working with “so many talented people who have joined the team as well as local contractors” has been a privilege.
“I’m honored to lead this organic growth stretch film startup in Remington, which mimics our Phoenix operation. To meet our long-term growth strategy, we have located our state-of-the-art stretch film sites in four regions to serve our customers throughout North America while bringing our 30 years of manufacturing experience and quality products closer to our customers,” Gangaji stated.
Stevens said that the Remington facility is a resource for distributors and other manufacturing companies that depend on Inteplast’s film for packaged and transported goods. AmTopp’s Stretch Film Unit will also implement a state-of-the-art warehouse inventory control scanning system to track finished goods and raw materials.
“With the expansion in Remington, AmTopp’s stretch film unit has shown our commitment to innovation and continuous improvement, the highest quality standards in the industry, ultra-high performance films, and a conscious effort toward sustainability for our community and customers,” said Stevens.
The processes for hiring prior to the second line’s startup have already commenced, noted Assistant Plant Manager Scott King.
“We look forward to serving the Northeast and Midwest territories and other regions as needed, while we continue to expand our sales in this region,” said King.
For more information on Inteplast Group’s stretch film operations and products visit www.inteplast.com.
About Inteplast Group
Established in 1991, Inteplast Group is a leading integrated plastics manufacturer founded on the ideal of American manufacturing. Our products support diverse markets including healthcare, foodservice, packaging, building products, grocery, retail, sanitation, industrial, and graphic arts industries. Headquartered in Livingston, N.J., Inteplast Group is now over 7,000 employees strong and operates more than 50 facilities including our flagship manufacturing complex in Lolita, Texas. Our dedicated and experienced people are committed to delivering quality products and partnering with our customers to enable their success. Visit https://www.inteplast.com for more information.