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Advanced Barrier Extrusions expands plant capacity

Cast film manufacturer Advanced Barrier Extrusions is doubling the size of its plant in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and expanding slitting capacity with a total investment of $2.1m. ABX President Tony Haug said construction should be completed on the 30,000sqft addition in early 2011.

ABX was founded in 2006 by Haug and two other industry veterans, who built a 30,000sqft plant in Rhinelander. The company makes cast multilayer cast film for food packaging, medical and industrial markets.

On 17 August 2010, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors approved a $1m loan for the building addition. Haug said ABX got a bank loan for another $1m to add more slitting equipment, additional racking to hold rolls of film, silos and new technology for the plant’s cast film line, Haug added.

The city of Rhinelander kicked in another $0.1m for site preparation. The county and city government votes were both unanimous, Haug said. That shows Oneida County values packaging manufacturing an important sector that supports Wisconsin’s food industries, such as sausage and cheese.