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Geomembrane maker leaves Mass. for S.C.

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Agru-America Inc. said it expects to complete the relocation of its geomembrane and pipe plant to a new facility in Georgetown by early April.

The firm is moving production from its Canton, Mass., plant to expand and modernize. Agru-America announced early this year that it is investing $5 million in a 45,000-square-foot building in Georgetown. It is installing about $5 million worth of existing and new equipment there and is relocating its head office from Salem, N.H., to Georgetown.

Agru-America uses flat-die extrusion to make polyethylene geomembranes as wide as 22 feet in thicknesses of 30-100 mils. It also has two plastic pipe lines extruding polypropylene, polyethylene and polyvinylidene fluoride. The company is a subsidiary of Agru-Alois Gruber GmbH of Bad Hall, Austria.

Bigelow and Triangle team to make pallets

INDEPENDENCE, IOWA — Triangle Plastics Inc. of Independence and Bigelow Packaging of Charlotte, N.C., have entered a manufacturing and marketing alliance through 2000.

Bigelow designs tools for thermoformed pallets and other reusable, returnable shipping and storage systems. The firm pays to manufacture the tools and owns patents for the design, said Kay Blount, Bigelow's advertising and marketing coordinator. Triangle owns the tools and uses them to manufacture pallets.

The high density polyethylene returnable systems serve the apparel, yarn, textile, pharmaceutical, beverage, food and microchip industries.

Triangle had sales of about $60 million last year. The company has seven plants with 560 employees. Its products serve the lawn and garden, recreational, office products, building and construction, agriculture and automotive industries.

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Brewer Irvine Inc., a custom injection molder and mold maker, is changing its name to Brevet Industries. The change, effective March 31, reflects the firm's union with Brevet medical parts manufacturing group. The 4-year-old, Irvine, Calif.-based firm serves the medical, business machine, industrial, and commercial industries. It operates 25 injection presses with clamping forces of 75-500 tons.

Kilgore, Texas-based injection molder Southern Plastics Inc. recently was awarded the Kraft Foods Rick Stuedemann Award for Supplier Excellence. Southern molds polypropylene and polyethylene closures for medical and food packages such as Miracle Whip salad dressing and Maxwell House instant coffee. Southern employs about 240 at its plants in Kilgore and Shreveport, La.

Seal-It Inc., a converter of heat-shrinkable PVC, has relocated to a 100,000-square-foot plant in Farmingdale, N.Y. The company, formerly of Hicksville, N.Y., is ISO 9000 certified.