Hawaii's leading plastics manufacturing company expanding

Published On: Aug 16 2013 07:01:36 PM HST

Pacific Allied Products has been molding, re-working plastic for years, but then came Polyethylene Terephthalate.

"That's why we call it PET because nobody can say the other thing," chuckled Pacific Allied Products President Bernie Coleman.

It's a recyclable, lightweight plastic.

Eight years after it got into the plastic bottling business, the company's 30,000-square-foot plant has tripled in size, with 10 brand name clients, including Coca-Cola, that partnered with Pac-Allied to take the company full circle.

"Were now fully integrated. We've taken the next step.

The company ships in resin that comes in tiny white pellets.

And through a multi-step process, the resin will be transformed into bottles.

With two machines, at $1.5 million each, the resin is formed into what looks like test tubes called "pre-forms."

"The blow-mold machines are moving well over 13,000 bottles an hour. We can produce well over 250,000 bottles in a 24-period," said Fred Sylva, PET injection containers manager.

Pac-Allied's latest million-plus machine blows pre-forms into highly-quality plastic bottles.

"We're looking for over 25 different defects," said Sylva.

"We now bought new equipment to start filling bottles with water," said Coleman.

Pac-Allied is collecting purified water from the Ko'olaus, spring water from wells, and deep-sea water off the Kona coast.

"They have two big pipes that they put down into the ground below sea level," he said of one of their partners, a company called Deep Ocean Enterprises.

"It's freshwater so it's heavier, so therefore it's harvested over 2000 feet deep," said CEO Ted Chen.

From seeds to store shelves.

With $250,000 already spent on training, it's an investment that's made in Hawaii.

"This is sustainability for Hawaii. You're making products in Hawaii for Hawaiian people," said Coleman.

Pacific Allied Products is also a zero-waste company, even in its foam division, where ground-up, shrunken scrap foam is turned into cafeteria trays, rulers and hangers.


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