Berry Plastics Introduces X-Sorbs Pom-Pom Ropes, Sorbent Booms and FIBCs for Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Containment and Removal

The nation's leading plastics manufacturer introduces new products to meet the oil spill clean-up demand with short lead times and highest quality from established ISO 9001:2008-certified polypropylene manufacturing facility.

FRANKLIN, Mass., -- Berry Plastics is pleased to announce the distribution of its new "Pom-Pom Ropes" and "Sorbent Booms," manufactured under the brand name of X-Sorbs. The Pom-Pom Ropes and Sorbent Booms were developed in response to the urgent need and high demand for an effective means of achieving oil remediation in the Gulf region. Berry Plastics, a leading manufacturer of polypropylene products, also provides a full range of flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) that can be used in combination with remediation to contain the Pom-Pom Ropes and Sorbent Booms, as well as any item saturated with or dirtied by crude oil.

The X-Sorbs Pom-Pom Ropes and Sorbent Booms are made of polypropylene, an attractant for the oil, and act as adsorbent rather than absorbent products. Each X-Sorbs Pom-Pom Rope is 50-feet long and specially designed to adsorb 15 to 20 times its own weight in crude oil. Thirty 8-ounce, evenly spaced, 22-inch-long pom-poms are attached to each rope, beginning 18 inches from each end of the rope. The X-Sorbs Sorbent Boom is constructed with a durable polypropylene exterior and is filled with polypropylene filament tapes. Measuring 8-inches in diameter by 10-feet in length, the lightweight Sorbent Boom is ideal for harder-to-reach inlets of water - or can be linked together to cover larger areas.

Berry Plastics' lined FIBCs are made of rugged woven polypropylene and can serve as a containment receptacle for 3,300 pounds of items saturated with or dirtied by crude oil. Super-sized FIBCs are also available, which can be a repository for smaller FIBCs or other items containing oil-dirtied items.

X-Sorbs and FIBCs are manufactured at Berry's wholly owned polypropylene facility located in Atlacomulco, Mexico. The Atlacomulco plant is ISO 9001:2008 certified and recently received an achievement rating of "excellent" from AIB International, thus ensuring the latest and most stringent quality standard adherence.

"With Berry Plastics' ISO 9001:2008 manufacturing facility conveniently located in North America, customers can depend on responsive and flexible delivery of the highest quality X-Sorbs Pom-Pom Ropes, Sorbent Booms, and FIBC products," says Mr. Ernie Giordano, Director of Sales and Marketing, FIBC for Berry Plastics Tapes, Bags, and Coatings Division.

For further information please contact Ernie Giordano at or by calling 508.918.1684.

About Berry Plastics

Berry Plastics is a leading manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products, including open top and closed top packaging, polyethylene and PVC based plastic films, industrial tapes, medical specialties, packaging, heat-shrinkable coatings, specialty laminates, and FIBCs. The company's 13,000 plus customers range from large multinational corporations to small local businesses. Based in Evansville, Indiana, the company has 80 manufacturing facilities worldwide and over 16,000 employees.

CONTACT: Cheryl Georg of Berry Plastics, +1-303-478-9734,

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