POMPANO BEACH, FLA. - Williams Controls Inc. of Detroit has signed a letter of intent to acquire the assets of Dytek Plastics Inc., a Pompano Beach thermoformer. Terms were undisclosed. ``The truck bed liner product of Dytek Plastics is a category that is growing rapidly and one in which Kenco does not have a significant presence,'' said Thomas W. Itin, Williams Controls chairman.
Williams Controls makes and markets electronics, components and consumer products for the transportation industry and related markets. Its manufacturing headquarters is in Portland, Ore.
Dytek, which primarily manufactures truck bed liners, reported 1994 sales of about $2 million and profit of $112,000. The company will be operated as a division of the Kenco Williams Inc. subsidiary of Williams Controls.
James Bernatek, Dytek's principal owner, will be retained as vice president and general manager of the division.
Japan may force firms to fund recycling
TOKYO - Packaging manufacturers and distributors in Japan may soon be responsible for recycling their products under legislation expected to be approved.
The bill covers all packaging, including food and beverage packaging. If the bill becomes law, companies will be responsible for recycling an amount of waste determined by how much they manufacture and sell. The bill also would make businesses such as department stores legally liable, The Daily Yomiuri in Tokyo reported.
Local governments would be required to devise plans for collecting waste. Because recycling technology is not in place currently, the law would go into effect two years after the bill is approved, and five years after its passage for all paper boxes and plastic containers except bottles.
Natva planning $3 million Colo. plant
CLAYTON, N.C. - Natvar Co., an extruder of tubing for the medical industry based in Clayton, plans to build a 17,000-square-foot facility in Lakewood, Colo., at a cost of about $3 million.
The facility initially will have two extrusion lines, with a third due to be in place by the fourth quarter. Natvar, which expects to begin production there in October, said it intends to produce disposable PVC and other thermoplastic tubing in a Class 100,000 clean room environment.
Natvar chose the site to bring the company closer to its customer base in the Midwestern and Western regions, said President Jack Peacock.
Initially, the firm plans to hire 25 employees, increasing that to about 100 during the next two years as it ramps up production. Natvar now operates a 76,000-square-foot facility in Clayton that supplies Class VI, medical-grade tubing worldwide.
With the expansion of production capacity in Lakewood, Natvar plans to increase its research and development capabilities at the plant in North Carolina, where it employs nearly 200.
Natvar is a division of High Voltage Engineering Corp. in Boston.
Mich. thermofomer's expansion begins
BURTON, MICH. - A recent addition of 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space for die-cutting operations is the first of several expansions planned by Soroc Products Inc. in Burton.
Dean Miller, director of sales and marketing for the thermoformer, said the firm plans to add the first twin-sheet pressure forming line to its machinery lineup in June. The 100,000-square-foot Soroc plant now has six thermoforming lines, and processed about 5.5 million pounds of material in 1994.
``Our capacity is about 8 million pounds per year,'' Miller said, ``and the new twin-sheet machine is a four-station one, with a 6- by 10-foot forming area, so it should increase that substantially.''
The company forms pallets and other returnable packaging, primarily for the automotive industry, and does both die cutting and pattern making. Miller declined to give sales figures for the privately held company.
In the third quarter of this year, Miller said, Soroc plans to add another twin-sheet line. It also intends to buy and install an extrusion line by early next year. That line would give the company the ability to make its own sheet for forming. He said the firm also is interested in getting into the textile market.