LATHAM, N.Y. - Loudon Plastics Inc. has added a 750-ton Uniloy structural foam molding machine at its Latham headquarters plant. The wide-platen press has a 150-pound shot capacity and can process 2,000 pounds of plastic per hour, the firm said.
Loudon ordered another Uniloy structural foam machine for its 100,000-square-foot plant in Lawrenceville, Ga., the news release said. Another Uniloy is on order for an affiliate firm in Essex, England, to make plastic pallets for the European market.
The firm expects both machines to be running by year's end.
Loudon and its Pacific Industries division together operate seven presses to produce large, structural form injection molded parts, including plastic pallets and in-ground swimming pool components, such as vinyl liners and weatherable steps, marketed through its U.S. distributor network.
The companies are part of Cookson Molding Group, which reported sales last year of more than $100 million. Cookson Molding is a division of Cookson Group plc of London.
ABT makes deal for vinyl siding operation
ACTON, ONTARIO - ABT Building Products Corp. said June 1 that it acquired Emco Ltd.'s vinyl siding operation, including a production plant in Acton, for about $33 million.
ABT of Neenah, Wis., andEmco of London, Ontario, agreed to the deal about a month ago. Emco put BPCO and its Environmental Products Group up for sale in February to focus on core businesses in plumbing, industrial wholesale and roofing markets.
Its sole remaining plastics business is custom injection molder Waltec Plastics of Midland, Ontario.
ABT earlier boosted its plastics business with the April 4 purchase of KenTech Plastics Inc., a Hopkinsville, Ky., molder of plastic shutters and vinyl-based exterior accessories.
The firm estimated the two acquisitions will boost ABT's annual sales to about $266 million, of which more than $110 million is plastics-related. It also makes wood construction products. ABT's sales last year were $203 million.
Ohio company begins compression molding
DOVER, OHIO - Dover High Performance Plastics has begun compression molding parts at its Dover plant.
Dover compression molds polytetrafluoroethylene precision parts for a wide range of industries, such as petrochemicals, hydraulics, electronics and medical.
Its products include ball valve seats, bearings, sleeves and insulation components. The company installed the new equipment in late 1994.
Powdered PTFE is compressed in the mold at room temperature, then the ejected part is oven heated for added stability, said Paul Palmer, vice president of sales and marketing. Parts are molded to size, producing little scrap, he said in a June 2 telephone interview.
The firm operates several automatic compression machines, Palmer said, which cost an average of $150,000 each.
Other capabilities include hot forming and precision machining of fluoropolymers and various engineered plastics. Sales last year were about $3 million, Palmer said.
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Rotonics Manufacturing Inc., based in Gardena, Calif., has completed its acquisition of Custom Rotational Molding Inc. of Arleta, Calif. Rotonics made the buy with 300,000 shares of its common stock, at $1.375 per share, or a total of $412,500. CRM reported sales of $4.6 million last year. Former CRM owner Ewald Consen will remain as general manager of the Arleta plant.
General Motors Corp. named both Protective Closures Co. Inc.'s Caplugs Division and GenCorp's German automotive parts subsidiary, Henniges, worldwide ``Supplier of the Year.'' Caplugs, in Buffalo, N.Y., supplies the automaker with plastic and metal closures used for protecting products during processing, storage or shipping. Henniges' products include molded plastic parts for gear shifts and lever assemblies, air duct and joint boot applications. GenCorp. is based in Fairlawn, Ohio.
Profile extruder Crila Plastic Industries Ltd. has created a new window and door division. Crila vinyl windows use a triple seal, and weatherstripping is mounted on the sash for easier manufacturing and a cleaner-looking frame, according to the Mississauga, Ontario, firm. Distribution will cover the United States and Canada.