COSTA MESA, CALIF. - Custom injection molder Cimco Inc. of Costa Mesa is looking for a new president and chief executive officer. Russell T. Gilbert, 65, who founded the company in 1959, will step down after serving as president and CEO for 35 years. Gilbert plans to continue with the company as board chairman.
Cimco's injection molding facilities include two plants inCosta Mesa, one in Dayton, Nev., and a compounding plant in Corona, Calif.
The company serves the computer, telecommunications, automotive and health-care industries.
Cimco, which is publicly traded on the Nasdaq exchange, reported total sales of $73.9 million in the fiscal year ended April 30, 1994. It also placed 88th in Plastics News' 1995 ranking of North American injection molders with $40.2 million in annual sales.
Del-Craft blaze interrupts operations
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. - A late-afternoon fire disrupted, but did not shut down, operations at Huntington Beach job shop Del-Craft Plastics, according to co-owner Lora Crafton.
``We were fortunate the fire didn't get into the production area with its fiberglass and resins,'' she said.
While closing the rented facility June 7, Crafton noticed power surges and the shutdown of a circuit breaker. She investigated a noise and discovered the fire.
About two dozen firefighters from Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Westminster brought the fire under control in 17 minutes.
Loft sprinklers helped contain the fire, which damaged the structure and roof. Water soaked carpeting and contributed to disabling the telephone system for a half day. No damage estimate was available.
Del-Craft Plastics employs 11, and makes automotive and marine parts from customer molds.
The fire follows the death of Tony Crafton, who founded the business in 1978. He died of a heart attack March 27 at Del-Craft.
He is survived by a 9-year-old daughter, Jennifer.
Tony Crafton had left the business to his sister Lora and his best friend, Bill Martin, who was on vacation at the time of the blaze.
Plastofilm to open thermoforming plant
WHEATON, ILL. - Plastofilm Industries Inc. said it will open a thermoforming plant in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, to serve its European customers in the health-care and electronics industries.
The plant, employing 20-25 people when it opens in the fall, will have ``comprehensive'' design, tooling and production capacity, said Rich Partlow, vice president of sales and marketing for the Wheaton-based company.
The plant also will have a Class 100,000 clean room for thermoforming and a Class 10,000 clean room for packaging and filling, he said.
Plastofilm's two plants are located in Wheaton and Reno, Nev. The Northern Ireland facility will be its first outside the United States.
Partlow declined to disclose the amount of investment Plastofilm is making in the new plant.
Plastofilm reported sales of $28.7 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1994.
Tubing extruder expands in S. Carolina
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Tubing extruder Zeus Inc. has completed a 35,000-square-foot expansion at one of its two plants in Orangeburg to increase capacity and add clean room production.
``By putting in the clean room, we're able to better serve our medical markets,'' said Eduardo Braga, manager of the international division of the Orangeburg-based company.
Demand is increasing for clean-room-type products, according to Braga.
Braga declined to disclose the amount of the investment in the new space or the number of extrusion lines the company added.
Zeus, with about 500 employees, manufactures tubing for a range of markets including medical, electronic, aviation and computers.