LYNCHBURG, VA.-A former employee of Wexco Corp. has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Lynchburg accusing the company's president of sexual harassment. The president, however, has filed a response denying the allegations. Wanda Jean Doss, who worked as a purchasing agent at the Lynchburg cylinder manufacturer from 1987-1993, alleged that President Jack Congrove made unwanted sexual advances toward her, including attempted rape. Doss is suing Wexco and Congrove, seeking lost salary and benefits plus $100,000 in punitive damages, according to her complaint, filed Oct. 19.
In a response, filed Nov. 19, Congrove contended that ``any alleged advances, remarks, propositions or physical contact'' between the pair ``were solicited, encouraged and/or consented to'' by Doss. He also argued that the company is not liable for lost wages and benefits because Doss quit voluntarily.
Wexco makes bimetallic barrels for plastics and extruders. AKRON,
Himont, Shell seeking PP price hike
OHIO-Himont Inc. and Shell Chemical Co. have announced 2 cent-per-pound price increases for polypropylene resins.
However, as of Dec. 29, Amoco Chemical Co. had not announced a price increase. Amoco of Chicago is the No. 2 U.S. supplier of PP, behind Himont of Wilmington, Del.
Himont announced Dec. 10 that its increase for all grades of Pro-fax and Valtec PP resins will be effective Jan. 17. Shell, based in Houston, announced Dec. 15 that its increase for all grades of PP will be effective Jan. 15.
Plasco Inc. buys profile extrider EDM
SOQUEL, CALIF. - Plasco Inc., a distributor of engineering plastic materials and related services in Soquel, has acquired EDM Plastics Co., a custom profile extruder in Hayward, Calif.
Terms were not disclosed.
Plasco President Michael LoDico said EDM Plastics will expand Plasco's manufacturing base, which also includes profile extrusion and prototype injection molding.
Diamond Polymers adding ABS capacity
AKRON, OHIO-Diamond Polymers Inc. is adding a third ABS resin production line at its Akron plant.
The new line is to begin production in February and will boost Diamond's capacity to about 15 million pounds, said President Alan Woll. Cost was not disclosed.
``With the new equipment, we will be able to develop and manufacture higher-heat ABS and increase our entry into the glass-filled ABS market,'' Woll said.
Diamond Polymers is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Rayon Ltd. and Network Polymers Inc.
Poly-Flex adds warehouse, plant space
WALWORTH, WIS.-Poly-Flex Inc., a blow molder that makes wheels for curbside waste containers, is completing an expansion of its warehouse and manufacturing space.
The company said it put on the addition, in part, to house a new Battenfeld/Hartig SMP blow molding machine scheduled for delivery in April; the firm now has eight.
Poly-Flex employs 45 and reports annual sales of $7 million.
The addition increased the Walworth company's plant and warehouse area by nearly 40 percent, to 45,000 square feet.
Rondy & Co. Inc. is adding 25,000 square feet to its plastics and rubber reprocessing operation in Barberton, Ohio. Future plans call for a manufacturing and distribution plant in the southwestern United States. Rondy's reprocessed resins include polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, PVC, PET and nylon. The company also has plants in Abbeville, S.C., and Brussels, Belgium.
Automotive molder Cambridge Industries Inc. of Dearborn, Mich., has formed a joint venture with Empe AG, a Munich, Germany, supplier of interior trim parts to the European automotive market. The venture, C.E. Automotive Trim Systems, will target the global market for interior trim systems, such as door and quarter panels, package shelves and headliners. The venture will use existing manufacturing facilities of both companies.