HIGHLAND PARK, ILL. - Solo Cup Co. denied a press report that it plans to build a manufacturing and distribution facility in Aberdeen, Md. ``We've given thought to a distribution center in the Northeast,'' said Leo Carter, Solo vice president, in a telephone interview from Solo's Highland Park, Ill., head office. ``We've looked at a number of locations but haven't settled on one.''
Carter said a Dec. 9 Baltimore Sun article is inaccurate and ``its basic content is false.'' The article said Solo may relocate its Arbutus, Md., warehouse near Baltimore to a new $35 million, 700,000-square-feet building in Aberdeen. Carter said concerns raised by the article forced him to visit Solo's Arbutus operation to reassure employees they will not lose their jobs.
Privately held Solo makes plastic and paper drinking cups.
Tuscarora to set up plant in England
NEW BRIGHTON, PA. - Expansion-minded Tuscarora Inc. will establish a new foam molding operation in Spennymoor, England, in 1996.
Bruce Donnelly, a spokesman for the company, one of the largest makers of foam plastic packaging materials in North America, said the new facility should be operating by spring in 50,000 square feet of leased space at an Electrolux Inc. plant. Tuscarora also makes corrugated paperboard packaging, and wooden pallets and packing materials.
The firm chose the site because of its close relationship to Asian-based electronics manufacturers Samsung Ltd. and Electrolux, both of which have plants in the area, north of London.
The facility will be the third for New Brighton-based Tuscarora, which purchased the former M.Y. Trondex Ltd. plants in North Hampton, England, and Glasgow, Scotland in 1995.
Toronto bottle labeler sells off assets
TORONTO - Assets of bankrupted Toronto bottle labeler Plastic Impressions Inc. were auctioned Dec. 14 for an undisclosed amount.
Continental Plants Canada Corp. of Toronto listed several Omso, Alpha and other screen printing machines, and three drying ovens among the equipment it sold. Auctioneer Ray Brown said the equipment was sold piecemeal to undisclosed companies.
Plastic Impressions filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 7. Former Plastic Impressions owner Harvey Meek said in a late November interview that a recent C$25,000 (US$18,300) safety fine levied against his 30-employee firm was a factor in the bankruptcy but that there were other circumstances he and his accountants were analyzing.
Ontario's Ministry of Labor fined the firm on Aug. 18 for an industrial accident in November 1994 in which a female employee lost most of the use of her right arm.
Car parts factory planned in Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - MK Seiko Co. of Nagano, Japan, is building a $9.6 million factory in Ho Chi Minh City to make plastic car parts for Japanese automakers in Vietnam, a Vietnamese business publication said last month.
The weekly Vietnam Investment Review said the factory will begin production in late 1996 or early 1997.
Japanese automakers with operations in Vietnam include Nissan Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp., Isuzu Motors Ltd., Daihatsu Motor Co. and Suzuki Motor Corp.
Conn. event features plastics industry
HARTFORD, CONN. - Gov. John Rowland will give the keynote speech at ``A Symposium - The Plastics Industry in Connecticut,'' a Jan. 31 program that will also feature Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. President Larry Thomas.
The event is intended to highlight the plastics industry as ``the engine of growth for Connecticut,'' said Murray A. Gerber, president of Prototype & Plastic Mold Co. of Middletown and chairman of the newly formed Connecticut Plastics Council.
Plastics council members seek Rowland's support to continue state funding for an injection molding training program in the Naugatuck Valley.
The one-day event will take place at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. On the program are John Contessa, education director for the Society of Plastics Engineers in Brookfield, Conn.; Raynor M. Seeley Jr., chairman of PTA Corp. in Oxford, Conn; and Gerber.