Bema Inc., an Elmhurst-based flexible plastics packaging company that specializes in extruding, printing, laminating and converting plastics, is opening a new facility at in St. Charles, Ill.

The company will occupy 70,000 square feet and employ 15 to 20 people starting in 2012, reaching full employment of 50 to 60 people by 2014.

“We are very fortunate in these economic times to be experiencing a period of substantial growth, and we felt that was the perfect community for our expansion,” Bema president Glen Galloway says.

“This site will meet our immediate needs and is well-suited for our continued growth,” he says. “As one of the few communities in the area that has its own electric utility, St. Charles was able to offer us competitive rates and unmatched reliability that made our decision much easier.”

“This is a great opportunity for both Bema and the city of industrial business community and employment force,” St. Charles Mayor Donald DeWitte says. “Bema is a quality company with a long and successful history, and we’re very happy to welcome them to our city.”

Bema’s expansion plans will include warehousing and film extrusion at its new location. The primary manufacturing will include film extrusion, which processes plastic resin into plastic film. The plastic film is used in such applications as food packaging, pet food packaging and a variety of industrial packaging applications.

This article appearedappeared in the Courier-News, a Chicago Sun-Times publication.

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