BLACK & DECKER SHIFTS MOLDING

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Black & Decker Canada Inc. will increase its injection molding work this year as its parent transfers some appliance production to its Brockville, Ontario, facility.

Black & Decker Canada site director Bob Larocque said his firm has no plan to increase Brockville's molding capacity, but it may acquire a used, 1,500-ton injection press. It now has 22 presses, with clamping forces of 200-1,500 tons.

This month, Black & Decker Corp. of Towson, Md., will transfer production of heavy-duty drills, Timberwolf right-angle drills and 1.5-horsepower routers from Fayetteville, N.C., to Brockville. Later in the year, the firm will add consumer power tools and some outdoor products such as Stringtrimmers to Brockville's work. Next year, Brockville will begin making the One Hand Workmate for the European market.

Brockville will lose European Workbox production to Black & Decker's Spennymoor, England, facility in August. A Black & Decker operation in Mexicali, Mexico, will pick up ST1000 Stringtrimmer work from Brockville in November.

Larocque said his firm has been looking for a used, 1,500-ton press. Brockville has enough molding capacity to handle the anticipated hike in its work load this year, Larocque said. If it needs more presses it could source some from an undisclosed Black & Decker operation that has excess molding capacity.