SHEBOYGAN, WIS.-Vinyl Plastics Inc. will move its extruded profile division into a new plant due to be completed by April 1. Deborah Wente, general manager of the profile unit, said it has shared space with VPI's contract manufacturing division at Manitowoc, Wis., since the profile unit was formed three years ago. The unit will move to the 17,500-square-foot building in Sheboygan when the new facility is complete.
``It will be a great move for us,'' she said. ``We will have five extrusion lines there, and a controlled environment. Not a clean room, but controlled to limit contamination.''
The primary product for the division, which has about $2.5 million in 1995 sales, is medical tubing for a wide range of applications.
Sheboygan-based VPI makes a variety of vinyl products, including floor coverings and tubing.
Ind. film maker to open second facility
BLOOMINGTON, IND. - United Films Corp. will open a new, high-barrier film plant in Bloomington in April, said Tom Huff, the firm's founder and president.
Huff declined to discuss the size or cost of the plant, which will be the company's second. The plant will produce five-layer, coextruded blown film at Bloomington, and will continue to produce three- and five-layer coextruded films at its other plant in Odon, Ind.
The company makes nylon and ethylene vinyl alcohol films for packaging food, including cereal, crackers, meat and cheese, as well as specialty converter films. Huff declined to discuss plant capacity in a telephone interview.
The company has purchased the first Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. Varex Optifil P-2 blown film system in America to make the five-layer film at the Bloomington plant.
Merrill studies international market
BURLINGAME, CALIF.-Thermoformer Merrill Packaging Inc. of Burlingame has tripled its floor space and doubled its clean-room capacity, an official said at the recent Medical Design & Manufacturing West show in Anaheim, Calif.
Brian Meltzner, Merrill's sales manager, also said the company is investigating international opportunities in contract packaging, tray seal work, product assembly and extrusion, though the firm has no specific international accounts at present, Meltzner said.
The company performs some contract packaging now in markets other than medical, Meltzner said.
Meltzner said the company's floor space has increased from 20,000 to 60,000 square feet in the past three months. Additionally, the firm has upgraded its clean-room designation to Class 10,000 from Class 100,000. The clean room now also contains two in-line, computer-controlled Lyle thermoforming machines, he said.
JVC to shift assembly work to Mexico
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. - JVC Co. of America is closing its color television assembly plant in Elmwood Park, where the firm's U.S. headquarters is located, and shifting production to Mexico.
The plant, which has operated in Elmwood Park since 1983, plans to complete the transfer of manufacturing operations to a 1 million-square-foot facility in Tijuana, Mexico, in March. The firm said it is making the move to improve its competitive position in its markets and to increase capacity.
T.M. Lee, manager for JVC's manufacturing operations in Elmwood Park, said custom injection molders in Southern California and Arizona supply the company's requirements for cabinets and other plastic components, and JVC has no plans to change suppliers.
The Mexican plant will produce 600,000 units during its first year of operation, ramping up eventually to produce 1 million sets annually.
Currently, the Elmwood plant makes about 360,000 sets annually and employs 190. The Tijuana operations will employ 530, with some of its current plant workers being offered positions at the new facility.
Exxon technology to boost PE capacity
HOUSTON - Exxon Chemical Co. of Houston said Feb. 6 it intends to use its supercondensed mode production technology to increase its capacity to produce linear low and high density polyethylene by 130 million pounds per year at its Mont Belvieu, Texas, plant.
The debottlenecking program is the first Exxon is planning that will use the company's supercondensed mode production technology.
The current project will be completed by the end of 1996.
Exxon said future projects will increase its North American PE production capacity to more than 5 billion pounds a year. Exxon now can produce 3.4 billion pounds of PE a year.