STORMS SLOW DOWN NORTHWEST PROCESSORS

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VANCOUVER, WASH.—Recent Northwest storms and floods inconvenienced plastics processors.

More precipitation may hurt.

``It is an issue of how much the earth can absorb,'' said Terry Dietz, marketing services director with PDM Molding NW Inc. in Vancouver.

A compulsory shutdown of all business, bank and postal facilities in Yuba City, Calif., affected Deluxe Packages from the afternoon of Jan. 2 to Jan. 4.

Construction projects slowed, cutting demand for PVC extruded pipe, ``causing January to be slow,'' said James Rash, president of Pacific Western Extruded Plastics Co. of Eugene, Ore.

Highway closings affected employee travel and slowed deliveries for blow molder Premier Plastics in Tacoma, Wash., rotational molder Bonar Plastics Inc. in Taulatin, Ore., and injection molder California Precision Molding in El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Intermittent power outages disrupted rotational molding, extrusion and vacuum forming operations at Quadel Industries Inc. in Coos Bay, Ore.

``A couple of snow days'' curtailed production at Ocean Kayak Inc. in Ferndale, Wash. Wind blew in a door, briefly freezing some overhead sprinklers, but a scanner report alerted a facilities manager to the emergency.