SHREVEPORT, LA. - Stephen L. Winternitz Inc. of Northbrook, Ill., will auction injection molding and related equipment at AT&T's Shreveport telephone systems facility at the plant site June 27-. AT&T closed the molding operation in late 1994 and moved some of its equipment to its Omaha, Neb., facility. Shreveport's AT&T molding work was shifted to Omaha and to custom molders in Louisiana and Chicago. AT&T planned to turn the Shreveport molding shop into a custom operation but it was not competitive.
Equipment for sale includes 40 injection presses with clamping forces of 30-375 tons, robots, toolroom equipment, dryers, granulators and a plant monitoring system.
APM gets on with Calif. jewel box plant
DULUTH, GA. - California Precision Molding should be knee-deep in jewel boxes by mid-November.
The $25 million California project of Atlanta Precision Molding Co. was stalled in March when a local landowner contested El Dorado County zoning laws governing the construction site. But the county recently approved the company's plans for a 65,000-square-foot injection molding plant on 20 acres in El Dorado County, near Placerville.
``As far as I know, we're home,'' said David Stumpff, APM vice president of marketing and advanced product planning.
CPM will open with about 25 employees and 10-20 Sumitomo presses, Stumpff said. The plant will triple in size, to about 200,000 square feet, within four years.
``We expect this plant to grow to a very significant part of the market,'' he said.
The site was chosen, in part, for its prime location - halfway between APM's two largest customers, Sony Corp. of America of Springfield, Ore., and Warner Bros. Inc. of Burbank, Calif., Stumpff said. CPM also will supply customers in Europe and Japan. APM, based in Duluth, is owned by Mitsubishi Corp. and Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd., both of Tokyo.
AMBA's Douglas Odell dies of cancer
MEDINAH, ILL. - Douglas L. Odell, former marketing director of the American Mold Builders Association, died May 20 from cancer. He was born in 1917.
Odell joined AMBA in 1985 and retired from the association in November 1993 because of illness. AMBA has not named a
replacement, said spokeswoman Jeanette Bradley from the association's head office in Medinah, Ill.
AMBA was his ``second career'' following his 35 years with merchandising giant Sears, Roebuck and Co. He retired from Sears in 1975, when he was national merchandise manager.
Odell graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1939. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy with the advanced division of Seabees Construction Battalion. His
World War II service included a post as administrative assistant to the chairman of the war production board in Washington.
He is survived by his wife Erma, a son and a daughter, and four grandchildren.
IPI adds 36,000 square feet to plant
GREENVILLE, S.C. - International Plastics Inc. is doubling the size of its plastic film converting and distribution operation in Greenville.
The company is adding another 30,000 square feet of production space, and 6,000 square feet for warehousing, giving it a total of 66,000 square feet by late fall, said IPI President Steve McClure. The expansion will cost the company more than $500,000, he said. IPI had outgrown the plant, which it built eight years ago, he said.
The company runs six sidewall bag-making machines, and has no immediate plans to add equipment.
``We'll probably be adding 5-10 [employees] within the next year or two,'' McClure said.
IPI's sales, about $10 million last year, are split evenly between its custom and stock business. It offers stock polyethylene bags in 600 different sizes and a wide variety of industrial flexible packaging material in both PE and polypropylene.