Dow Brands is selling blow molding and other equipment from two cleaning products plants it is closing. The Indianapolis subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co. has opened a more modern, $50 million facility in Urbana, Ohio, to replace the older plants. The new facility includes a blow molding operation capable of making plastic containers with more than 25 percent post-consumer content, according to Dow Brands spokeswoman Mary Elizabeth Curtis.
On July 19 and 20, Rabin Bros. Auctioneers & Appraisers of San Francisco will auction equipment from Dow Brands' recently closed plant in Greenville, Texas. Curtis said her firm will close its Mauldin, S.C., facility by fall and sell its equipment.
Urbana has begun producing cleaners such as Fantastik and Glass Plus for home care, bathrooms and laundry, and will reach full production when the Mauldin plant closes. It will make, fill and package its own containers.
Curtis did not have details on the Urbana or Mauldin blow molding operations.
The Greenville operation includes six Uniloy blow molders with four-, six- and eight-head configurations and related equipment. Also for sale are mixing equipment, packaging lines, a tank farm and miscellaneous machinery. Dow Brands also is putting the 288,000-square-foot facility and a 94-acre parcel of land up for sale.
Urbana will employ 120 full-time. Greenville's full-time staff was 130, while 400 work at Mauldin. Curtis said technology will allow Dow Brands to run the new plant with far fewer workers than it had at the older plants.
Dow Brands chose Urbana because it is in the middle of Dow Brands' major markets, Curtis said in a telephone interview from Indianapolis. The firm broke ground on the facility in late 1993.
Curtis said Dow Chemical is negotiating to sell Dow Brands' personal-care products business that includes hair-care products such as Salon Style and PermaSoft.
The business accounted for less than a third of Dow Brands' 1993 sales of $846 million.