June 23, 1998 |
Many companies ship their products in large steel containers. Not many companies conduct business meetings inside the corrugated steel boxes. The exception to the rule is Reactor Films, a Santa Monica production company that specializes in commercials and music videos. The tour de force of the firm's interior is a shipping container that architectural firm Pugh & Scarpa has artfully converted into a conference room.
November 2, 1987 |
Reynolds Metals Co. executives say the resealable aluminum Reylock can the company will introduce today will be the biggest entry in the highly competitive container field since the pop-top. "The Reylock can represents the first totally recyclable large beverage container over 12 ounces specifically designed for the soft-drink market," said Robert D. O'Donnell, can division chief.
March 3, 1989 |
Faced with sluggish sales and rising public concerns about cholesterol, Olson Industries in Sherman Oaks sold its egg-production division in 1987 to concentrate on the production of plastic containers--an industry that had been experiencing skyrocketing sales. But since the switch, the firm has been losing money, partly because the sky itself has become a limit.
May 29, 2007 |
With earthshaking thuds, a stamping machine hammers a sheet of hot plastic into king-size drinking cups destined to quench thirsts for soda at the nation's convenience stores. The blank white cups aren't just flexible and resistant to splitting -- they're also made from less plastic than cups produced by Berry Plastics Corp.'s competitors through a manufacturing process the company guards so closely that it forbids photographs of those machines. As retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
July 20, 2000 |
Left your toothbrush at home and worried about insulting your client with coffee breath? Not to worry. It's almost certain someone in the office will come to your rescue. Not with a toothbrush, though. With a mint. And not just any mint--a strong, expensive one in a beautifully designed tin. The trend for mints in portable tins seemed to start around 1995 with an ad campaign for Altoids, "The Original Celebrated Curiously Strong Peppermints" in the distinctive red and white tins.
August 24, 1987 |
A California-based soda maker hopes consumers will get a kick out of its new see-through, plastic cans and expand its share of the $40-billion soft drink industry. Original New York Seltzer Co., which traces it roots to the streets of Brooklyn but is now based in Walnut, Calif., is testing 12-ounce plastic cans this summer in the Detroit area.
June 7, 1988 |
Southern California's biggest export by volume is not oranges, movies or missiles. It's empty space. But that's changing, and shipping companies say it is about time. Close to half the containers that passed through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach last year left empty. But the fall in the U.S.
August 14, 2007 |
Plastic water bottles have been getting such a bad rap that people have started paying attention, which means that corporate America has started cashing in. The company that makes Brita water filters teamed up Monday with Nalgene, a manufacturer of reusable beverage containers, to launch the FilterForGood campaign, aimed at weaning people off throwaway bottles.
October 27, 1995 |
Remember the avocado green container your mother kept a stick of margarine in? It was probably Tupperware, functional and frowzy and far from attractive. More than likely, that container is still around, maybe under the sink, albeit minus its trademark "burping" lid. Ever think of replacing it? Probably not. After all, you don't purchase Tupperware, you inherit it. And Tupperware hostess parties . . . they went out with housewives, didn't they? Not quite.
December 29, 1999 |
When you haul your body off the stair climber come New Year's Day, don't toss out the Gatorade bottle. Under a new law, it will be worth 2.5 cents at your local recycling center. But that empty magnum of Moet on the coffee table? Sorry; that one won't reap you a payback. Launched in 1987, California's bottle and can recycling program expands beginning Saturday, placing a fresh assortment of beverages under the state's deposit and refund rules.