KNOXVILLE, TENN. - Omega Plastics Corp. of Knoxville will move to a larger facility eight miles north in Clinton, Tenn., to keep up with growth of its custom profile business. Omega is spending about $2.5 million on an 86,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing plant on a 131/2-acre site, according to Vice President Jo Ann Redwine. It also will invest about $500,000 in new equipment, including two Cincinnati Mil-acron extrusion lines and downstream machinery. It now has nine profile extrusion lines in Knoxville.
Redwine said her firm plans to complete the move by the end of September. The Clinton facility is 21/2 times larger than its Knoxville premises and has room for as many as 21 extrusion lines and assembly operations.
Omega extrudes vinyl, polyolefins, styrenics and engineering polymers for window and door, automotive, recreational vehicle, furniture, toy and other markets. It includes dual extrusions, embossing and fabrication in its services.
The private firm employs 80 and will hire about 20 more when it relocates, Redwine said. She would not disclose sales.
Glynwed plans to acquire Victaulic plc
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND-Glynwed International plc plans to boost its plastic pipe business by acquiring Victaulic plc for P147 million (US$233.7 million).
Victaulic, based in Milton Keynes, England, produces most of its plastic pipe in the United Kingdom. It has plants in Germany and Spain, and joint ventures in Singapore and China. Plastic pipe accounted for about 53 percent of its 1994 sales, which totaled P118 million (US$187.6 million), said Glynwed spokesman Barry Green.
Glynwed's Plastics International Division makes plastic fittings and valves at three United Kingdom plants. It has one plant each in Italy, France and Australia, Green said. Distributors sell its products in North America. The plastics division's sales last year were P233 million (US$370.5 million). Birmingham-based Glynwed's total sales were P1.03 billion (US$1.64 billion). London's Financial Times reported June 30 that Victaulic is focused on gas and water pipe, while Glynwed is strong in industrial and construction markets. Both firms also make metal pipe and are publicly traded.
The newspaper also reported that David Stewart, Victaulic's managing director, said his firm has been trying to diversify because of a slowdown in utilities pipe demand. Acquisition by Glynwed will help it diversify and lower costs, Stewart said.
Glynwed's offer, which Victaulic accepted, represents a 19 percent premium over Victaulic's share price June 28.
Pipe Liners charges patent infringement
GALVESTON, TEXAS - Hydro Conduit Corp. and Pipe Liners Inc. filed a lawsuit against a pipe extrusion company and an installer, charging the companies with infringing on Pipe Liners' patents for no-dig pipe repair.
According to the suit, the patents held by Pipe Liners of St. Rose, La., are for installing a folded or deformed liner within a host pipe.
Hydro Conduit Corp. is based in Houston. The suit was filed May 19 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Galveston. Defendants are pipe manufacturer American Pipe & Plastics Inc. of Binghamton, N.Y., and American Infrastructure Inc., a licensed installer in Montgomery, Texas.
American Pipe & Plastics President Sal Alberti issued a statement: ``Based upon the review of our AM-Liner patents, we feel there is no basis for the Pipe Liners/Hydro Conduit complaint and that we are fully protected by our patent rights.''
American Infrastructure President Jack Denina declined comment.
Discrimination complaint dismissed
ANDERSON, IND. - The Anderson Human Relations Commission has dismissed a discrimination complaint filed by Barbara Copeland against Victor Bitar and plastics recycler Partek Corp., now doing business as EcoFocus.
Copeland, who worked at Partek's Anderson recycling plant until being laid off a year ago, claimed Partek discriminated against her because she is female and was the only woman manager. At a hearing June 23, the commission found ``Cope-land failed to meet her burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence'' that there was any discrimination.
Bitar, EcoFocus owner, said he or Partek ``never believed in or practiced discrimination ... against any human being.''