Expansion to double size of NEX Films in Milton

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Neil Johnson
Friday, May 23, 2014

MILTON—Charter NEX Films' Milton facility keeps growing.

This week, the company announced it's doubling the size of operations at its Milton plant at 1264 E. High St. in the city's eastside business park.

An operational manager at the plastics extrusion plant says construction crews in July will start a $2 million build out that will create space for 4 or 5 production lines and more room for the plant warehouse.

The company plans to complete the expansion in fall, officials said.

Erin Makela, a company spokeswoman, said NEX's expansion would create “between 16 to 20 jobs in the next several years” at the plant, which now employs about 45 workers.

The plant uses a unique system that cools a circular bubble of extruded plastic as it rises to the roof of the plant, then cuts the bubbles into sheeting. The sheeting then is shuttled down through the plant and wound onto bulk rolls to be shipped to other manufacturers.

The plant expansion will create more lines that process and package the cut sheeting, which is used in packaging that ranges from baby-wipe containers to pet-food pouches and microwaveable bags.

The company also has plants in Turner Falls, Mass., and Rhinelander.

In December 2012, NEX merged with a competitor, Charter Films, a plastics company with a plant in Superior.

In 2013, the Milton plant saw an upgrade that brought in new equipment to two of its production lines. The company says this move stepped up the quality of its product and improved production capacity.

NEX has operated in Milton since 1995. In 2013, plant operations manager Paul Szablowski said the equipment upgrades were an indication the company is looking to its Milton plant as a long-term fit for production.

Having more production lines at the plant will continue to increase capacity in Milton as the company continues to “enhance its expertise” in the plastics film industry, officials said.

“The expansion demonstrates our commitment to growing both as a company and specifically in the Milton area,” Makela said.

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