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Published: May 24, 2004 6:00 am ET

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Pöppelmann opening N.C. plant in 2005

CLAREMONT, N.C. - Thermoformer Pöppelmann Plastics USA Inc. will begin operating its own manufacturing site by 2005 in Claremont, according to a local news report.

The Lohne, Germany, plant-pot maker will construct a 110,000-square-foot facility and create 60 jobs in the expansion, according to the Hickory Daily Record's May 19 report. In a telephone interview, reporter Andrew Mackie said an economic incentives meeting originally scheduled for next week has been postponed two to six weeks.

Pöppelmann officials did not return calls. Pöppelmann markets its plant pots under Teku, the brand name it introduced in 1970, serving retail and professional horticulture markets. It founded Pöppelmann Plastics USA in 2001.

Pöppelmann's U.S. sales office is based in Cumming, Ga. The parent company has been making containers and injection molding parts for the automotive industry for more than 20 years.

State awards Basic Plastics funding

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO - Basic Plastics Ltd. is getting a $50,000 state grant to boost its injection molding, assembly and sales capabilities as part of a capital improvement project that also will boost employment.

President Frank Schlosser said injection molding is a small part of his company's business. The Springfield firm is a custom manufacturer of mops, brooms and brushes for a German company, Freudenberg Household Products.

Basic Products formed in October 2002, as a supplier for O-Cedar Brands, a company that once employed more than 400 in Springfield. Freudenberg bought O-Cedar in November 2003 and moved the operation to Northlake, Ill.

Schlosser said Basic Plastics does its injection molding in a 20,000-square-foot building with 18 presses, which range from 250-500 tons of clamping force. It has 12 employees doing molding and 125 employees overall. He wants to boost employment in the molding area to as many as 45 workers.

Tom Franzen, the city's director of economic development, said Springfield is giving the company a low-interest, $225,000 loan for operating expenses. The state is promising Basic Plastics a 50 percent, eight-year job creation tax credit along with a $50,000 grant for machinery. The state also is supplying $15,000 in training funds.

Natech Plastics expanding in New York

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. - Custom injection molder Natech Plastics Inc. is in expansion mode.

The family-owned firm, based in Ronkonkoma, added a new 110-ton all-electric press last fall, plus 5,000-square feet of warehouse space. The company plans to add an all-electric 300-ton press in the near future. Officials are replacing robotics on two existing presses, upgrading from pneumatic sprue pickers to servo. The firm also will undergo production software upgrades during the year.

``There's always going to be a place for domestic capacity,'' Vice President Tom Nagler said in a May 20 telephone interview. ``You have to have the right equipment. You can't rely on old presses.''

Nagler credits aggressive sales and marketing and an emphasis on quality with boosting sales 37 percent in 2003 over 2002.

Natech began operations in 1999 with four presses, and learned its lesson of relying too heavily on any single customer. Now, no single industry or customer represents more than 15 percent of its business. It serves several end markets, including industrial, medical, electronics and laboratory products.

Groups merging into PlasticsEurope

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - European resin producers have launched PlasticsEurope, a new trade group designed largely to reflect the growing European Union.

The group merges the existing Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME) with Europe's national plastics associations.

PlasticsEurope will be based in Brussels and have five regional centers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Each will be responsible for coordinating a cluster of countries among the 25 EU nations, as well as activities with non-EU members Norway, Switzerland and Turkey, according to APME.


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