MORRIS, ILL.-A pressure buildup in a reactor vessel blew out a safety valve May 16, causing a small fire and sending 41 people to the hospital from Reichhold Chemical Co.'s Morris unsaturated polyester production facility. One worker remained hospitalized last week in fair condition with second- and third-degree burns. The 40 other workers were treated for inhalation of dichloropentadiene and released, according to Steve Brechbiel, a spokesman at the company's headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Brechbiel said Reichhold expected the cleanup to be completed and the vessel to be returned to production by May 19. He said the incident would not affect product shipments.
Celanese Canada to make PET resin
MONTREAL - Celanese Canada Inc. of Montreal plans to produce PET resin at its Millhaven, Ontario, site, President Alban Schuele announced May 17 at the company's annual meeting.
Schuele said Celanese Canada will invest C$190 million (US$140.6 million) in the project. Celanese Canada will export most of the resin for PET bottle production in the northeastern United States. The operation will make about 350 million pounds of PET resin by the end of 1996 and will sell about C$250 million (US$185 million) of resin annually, he said.
Celanese Canada closed an industrial PET fiber facility at Millhaven three years ago. The project includes converting the PET fiber facility to resin production.
Plastico Gigante plant opening delayed
JUAREZ, MEXICO - Problems in getting power connected to its new facility in Ju rez delayed the opening of Pl stico Gigante de Mexico until this week.
Mario Martinez, human resources manager for the company, said the plant was scheduled to open May 1.
``To be fair to the electric company, they are going about the process in their normal schedule, while we were trying to speed things up to accommodate our customer,'' said Marti-nez, who added that electricity should be available May 22, with pilot runs beginning May 24 and May 25.
Great City Industrial, a Taiwanese custom molder, is the parent company of Pl stico Gigante. Great City has been a custom molder for the electronics industry for 20 years.
Pl stico Gigante plans to support only Philips Consumer Electronics of Knoxville, Tenn., initially, but expects to add other customers.
Martinez denied that any major problems existed with regard to getting electrical service started.
``Definitely, the infrastructure is different here and we have to allow for that,'' he said. ``Here it might take weeks to get something done that might only take a few days in the U.S. Like starting a plant anywhere, you must plan in advance or things will fall behind. Considering everything, we're on time for our latest schedule.''
AMP of Canada adding to operation
MARKHAM, ONTARIO-AMP of Canada Ltd. is expanding its recently opened injection molding operation in Markham.
The firm has been molding thermoplastic housings for electric and electronic connectors since early this year, said Peter Donovan, manufacturing manager. He would not disclose details, but confirmed AMP of Canada recently bought a number of presses, including a low-tonnage Milacron Vista Sentry from Stephen Sales Group of Markham at Plast-Ex '95 in Toronto.
The Markham operation, a division of AMP Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa., is one of several AMP operations in Canada, but is the only one with injection molding capability.