NASHUA, N.H. - Ekco Group Inc. said it has no plan to close plastic molding operations following the recent restructuring of its housewares businesses. The firm in mid-February consolidated the management of Ekco Housewares, Frem Corp. and Kellogg Cos. to take advantage of ``synergies in sales, marketing and administration,'' said Ekco Treasurer Neil Gordon.
``They all sell to similar customers,'' he said.
Frem's main injection molding plant, in Worcester, Mass., has about 25 presses. It also opened a smaller, $5 million molding plant in Phoenix last summer. Frem injection molds a range of household organizer products.
Kellogg molds handles for brushes, brooms and mops in East Hampton, Mass., and Hamilton, Ohio. Ekco Housewares' plants in Massillon, Ohio, and Obergon, Mexico, buy plastic components from undisclosed contract molders, he said.
Ekco's VIA and Woodstream Corp. operations will continue as separate businesses unaffected by the restructuring. VIA makes upscale kitchen tools, buying plastic parts from outside suppliers. Woodstream makes animal- and pest-control products.
Ekco said it will phase in its well-known brand name to replace Frem and Kellogg names. Ekco of Nashua acquired Frem and Kellogg in the early 1990s.