Worldwide Dispensers, part of DS Smith Plastics Division, has opened a new dispensing closure molding facility in Bolingbrook, Ill. The 67,000 ft2 facility—the third for the company in the U.S.—is running 24/7 with 19 full-time employees, 10 injection molding machines ranging in clamp force from 25 to 700 tons, and two assembly cells. DS Smith Plastics has five total plants in the U.S., with flexible packaging sites in Romeoville, Ill. and Union City, Calif.
A company representative said the facility will injection mold plastic dispensers for beverages, household chemicals and liquid detergents, which are used with flexible (bag-in-box, stand-up pouches), semi-rigid, and rigid packaging. The two cells include high-speed automation for fitments and assembly of dispenser components.
Worldwide Dispenser’s other two facilities are located in Minnesota, with plants in Lester Prairie and Winsted. The spokesperson said new facility increased the company’s available manufacturing space by nearly 50%.
“This new facility is our third in North America and it comes in response to an increase in market demand,” Mark Kurtzweg, General Manager of Worldwide Dispensers North America, stated in a release. Worldwide Dispensers held a ribbon cutting event on Nov. 18 to celebrate the opening.