Cortec cuts ribbon on  $5 million expansion

Cortec CEO and owner Boris Miksic (fourth from right) and his wife (holding scissors) celebrate the ribbon cutting on a new $5 million expansion of the company’s plant in Cambridge on March 2.  An upgrade to the building’s front entrance and offices that face Highway 95 was also included.

Jennifer Kotila

On the 21st anniversary of Cortec’s establishment as a plastic film extrusion plant in Cambridge on Friday, March 2, the ribbon was cut on a $5 million expansion that will allow the business greater ability to recycle the materials that it produces.

On a tour through the plant located on the north side of Highway 95 just east of the railroad tracks, Vice President of Sales Cliff Cracauer noted there is zero product that is not reused in creating Cortec’s “Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibiting” (VpCI) films, which are used around the world to protect metal parts and equipment from corrosion during shipping. The company has always recycled its extra product, turning scrap plastic back into pellets to be used in the extrusion process. 

With the new reprocessing center, Cortec customers can send plastic film back to the facility to be reprocessed, rather than sending the plastic film to the landfill. Cortec pays for shipping and gives the customer a credit for the returned film. Both Cortec and their customers will reduce their carbon footprints by reusing the materials.

At the same time the new reprocessing center was being built in the back of the plant, Cortec’s front offices received a facelift. 

The new look of the office space at the front of the plant is an “inspiration to the city” and an “awesome gateway to our downtown,” Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer said, thanking CEO and owner Boris Miksic for his investment in the city.

“For me, it is a rewarding experience to be here in this town,” Miksic said, noting it was his idea to give the office space at the front of the plant a “facelift,” as well. 

Palmer mentioned how well Miksic and others at Cortec worked and collaborated with city employees to accomplish the expansion and facelift. In fact, the relationship led to the creation of a sister city in Miksic’s


hometown in Croatia, where there is another Cortec plant similar to the one in Cambridge, she added. 

“Congratulations on this magnificent expansion of glass and steel,” Palmer said. “You are creating something beneficial to you and to us. Best wishes from the citizens of Cambridge for continued progress and success.”

Thanking Miksic for putting confidence in a local company, Brian Baas, of BJ Baas Builders, the general contractor for the project, said it was Miksic’s vision to have the nicest-looking building in Cambridge when beginning the expansion, and he thinks that was accomplished. 

“It’s an exciting time for Cortec right now,” said Production Manager Tim Bliss, noting the talent of the employees and the community in which the plant is located. “We are bursting at the seams now – it is the busiest time we have ever had here.”

More about Cortec

Cortec specializes in manufacturing the VpCI films from the extrusion process through converting into bags and finally printing. The film is used to package products from electronics to engines to aerospace components. Cortec has also created biodegradable and compostable films. 

Eighty percent of the VpCI film produced at Cortec is custom-made. The facility can produce film that is anywhere from 3 inches wide to 30 feet wide, Cracauer noted during a tour of the facility. All its extrusion lines are set up to work with different types of plastic and can produce anywhere from 50 pounds of plastic per hour to 5,000 pounds per hour.

A quality control lab on-site allows Cortec to develop and test for strengths, tear resistance, puncture resistance, tackiness and slip in order to formulate films to its customers’ needs.

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