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U.S. Granulator Corp. builds new machines

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Granulator remanufacturer United States Granulator Corp. now is making new machines.

When the Smithfield firm, sister of auxiliary equipment maker Maguire Products Inc., began remanufacturing granulators in 1994, it began to develop new designs for the cutting chamber, said Kevin Cabana, general manager.

``Machines we sent back to customers often amounted to brand-new ones that performed better than original equipment,'' he said.

The firm also drew on the experience of Maguire of Media, Pa., which makes blenders, feeders and vacuum loaders. Stephen Maguire is president of both firms.

U.S. Granulator operates out of a 40,000-square-foot Smithfield facility, which includes an area for making knives. The company also designs complete granulation systems and supplies replacement knives for granulators made by other manufacturers.

U.S. Granulator will debut as an original equipment manufacturer at NPE 1997 with its first two models, the USG 2436 and USG 2454, designed to granulate large parts, such as car bumpers, and tough or abrasive materials, such as electrical cable and post-consumer waste or film.

Superior Die Set buys division of Enconco

INDIANAPOLIS — Superior Die Set Corp. expanded production capacity for die sets, mold bases and other components by acquiring the Continental Die Set Division of Enconco Inc. of Indianapolis for undisclosed terms.

Continental operates in a 16,000-square-foot plant at parent Enconco's Indianapolis facility. Enconco said it will focus on aircraft engine part production. It started its die set division in 1960.

Superior has a 130,000-square-foot production and office facility at its Oak Creek, Wis., headquarters. The company also has a warehouse in Oak Creek and a subsidiary in Bytów, Poland, to handle European manufacturing and sales. Superior was established in 1923.

Resin broker BESC buys new facility

PLYMOUTH, IND. — BESC Inc., a plastic resin broker, purchased a 72,000-square-foot plant earlier this month in Plymouth for an undisclosed amount.

BESC's lease on a 22,000-square-foot building in South Bend, Ind., had expired when owners Emeric and Cheri Szalay bought the former United Technologies Automotive building in Plymouth. Besides brokering engineering and commodity grades of virgin and recycled plastics, the company has a grinding operation.

BESC, with five employees and seven grinders, buys parts or runners from molders, reprocesses them and resells the regrind Emeric Szalay said. It also brokers railroad cars of material.

The 5-year-old firm plans to use a third of the building, or about 25,000 square feet, for production A large part of BESC's business is local, though it sells throughout the United States and Canada.