BLACK CLAWSON SANO TO MOVE

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Blown film equipment manufacturer Black Clawson Sano Inc. will move from Amelia, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, to the Fulton, N.Y., plant of its sister company, Black Clawson Converting Machinery Corp.

Black Clawson Converting Machinery is a major producer of cast film and extrusion coating machinery, and pelletizing equipment. Both companies are units of New York-based pulp and paper machinery maker Black Clawson Co., which is owned by Carl C. Landegger.

Jan Ivey, president and general manager of Black Clawson Sano, said the manufacturing operation will be relocated to Fulton in about three or four months, to finish up machines now under construction in Amelia.

``We're trying to make [the move] as transparent as possible for our customers,'' he said.

Ivey said the plant currently employs 62. The company plans to relocate some key engineering, technical and sales personnel to Fulton, but Ivey could not say how many people will be retained and how many will be laid off.

Black Clawson Converting Machinery announced the merger Feb. 13. Black Clawson Sano leases the Amelia factory, which has 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

Ivey will remain with the company to lead the blown film equipment product line. A veteran of packaging maker James River Corp., Ivey joined Black Clawson Sano last fall. That appointment followed a management shakeup, when several top executives left the company. Cary Landegger, son of Carl Landegger, was removed as Black Clawson Sano's president and given another role with the company.

Black Clawson acquired Cincinnati Milacron Inc.'s Sano blown film business in 1994. The year before, Milacron had closed the Sano factory in Passaic, N.J., and consolidated operations in Cincinnati.

Many years ago, Black Clawson had made blown film machinery, but it left the blown film market about 20 years ago to concentrate on cast film and coating. Ivey said Black Clawson now remains committed to manufacturing blown film through the Sano machines.

Black Clawson Sano and Black Clawson Converting Machinery make some similar products, such as film winders, Ivey said in a Feb. 20 telephone interview from Amelia.

Sano began reporting to Black Clawson Converting Machinery last July. ``We have mutual customers and markets,'' said Daniel Bessinger, general manager and president of Black Clawson Converting Machinery. ``More importantly, we have one unified business plan, yet have been operating out of two locations.''

The company said all its product lines, both blown and cast film and extrusion coating, will be presented at two upcoming Chicago trade shows — CMM International, April 14-17, and NPE 1997, June 16-20.