NOVI, MICH. - A Michigan injection molder's plans for a new headquarters and plant are on hold while it awaits a court opinion on whether homeowners have a right to restrict its hours of operation. Interlock Corp. has been trying for more than a year to gain local government and court approvals for a proposed 126,000-square-foot plant and office in Novi, a Detroit suburb. The company currently is housed in a 65,000-square-foot plant in Westland, also near the Motor City.
Interlock's 15-acre building site in Novi is adjacent to a residential subdivision. Last year, Novi residents filed suit in Oakland County Circuit Court contesting the city's approval of Interlock's building plan. The residents and company now await a judge's decision.
On Aug. 2, Novi planning commissioners rejected a proposal that would have limited hours of activity on sites adjacent to residential developments.
Until it gets a decision on its Novi project, Interlock has put its expansion plans on hold, according to spokesman Don Voyles. The company also has operations in northern Michigan and Ohio.
Nicholas Plastics wins a trip to Japan
LANSING, MICH. - Nicholas Plastics Inc. was selected as the top winner in the Michigan-Japan Corporate Program, a state competition designed to single out companies with the most potential in the Japanese market.
Nicholas will receive a study trip to Japan from the Japan External Trade Organization and the Michigan International Trade Authority, co-sponsors of the competition.
The trip includes paid round-trip airfare and accommodations, trade seminars and two days of business meetings with interpreters.
Nicholas and four other finalists also will receive a one-year export promotion package that includes counseling services from JETRO and MITA, market information about Japan, and help locating Japanese agents or distributors.
The Michigan-Japan Corporate Program, now in its second year, targets midsize companies that have made a commitment to trading with Japan. Nicholas, based in Allendale, Mich., manufactures extruded profiles and injection molded parts for the automotive and office furniture industries. MITA is based in Lansing.
Niagara Plastics gets tax-exempt bond
ERIE, PA. - Pennsylvania's Department of Commerce has approved a request by Niagara Plastics Co. of Erie for a $750,000 tax-exempt bond to renovate an existing facility and purchase new equipment.
The government agency said Niagara is establishing a dip molding product line. Company officials declined to comment on the project.
Calif. approves HDPE in highway pipe
FINDLAY, OHIO - Southern California's ``Greenbook,'' which details highway construction specifications, has approved high density polyethylene pipe for highway and stormwater drainage, according to pipe extruder Hancor Inc., headquartered in Findlay.
Fred Kremer, Hancor president and chief executive officer, called the approval a landmark decision. HDPE pipe competes in the highway market against concrete and steel. Hancor said corrugated PE pipe is specified by 48 state departments of transportation and hundreds of municipalities across the country.
The ``Greenbook'' joint cooperative committee adopted the new specification for Southern California on Aug. 17. It authorizes annular corrugated HDPE pipe in diameters of 12-36 inches, using bell-and-spigot joints. The pipe has a smooth interior.
The specification will be included in the 1997 edition of the Greenbook, which will be published in the first quarter of 1996, Hancor said.
The ``Greenbook'' specification, 207-18, complies with the M-294 requirements from the influential standards-setting body, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. M-294 covers materials and cell classification requirements for pipe used in gravity-flow storm drains, culvert and subsurface drains.