NEW ALBANY, IND. - Beach Mold & Tool Inc. expects to rehire recently laid off workers within a few months at its New Albany head office plant. Beach laid off 76 employees at the nonunionized plant in the first two months of the year, partly because of lower sales to telecommunications equipment manufacturers that are drawing down inventories left over from Christmas, explained Jim Blanton, vice president of human resources. As tools are built for new projects, Beach will need the workers again, he said.
Blanton said the layoffs are unrelated to Beach's plan to open its second plant, an Emporia, Va., facility in April. It has not started hiring yet for the $7 million Emporia plant, which will focus on new business in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Layoffs also were needed because worker attrition rates have been too low to match the slowdown in Beach's molding and decorating operations. Worker attrition has fallen from about 50 a month to 50 every six months since Beach started a career development program for its 1,000 employees a year and a half ago, Blanton said. Beach is hiring 10-15 skilled employees such as mold makers, computer-aided design operators and designers as it expands its engineering services, Blanton said.
Anchor unit adding to molding plant
ROUND ROCK, TEXAS - The Mid-States Plastics Division of Anchor Advanced Products Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., will add 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space to its Round Rock injection molding plant by May.
The addition will bring Mid-States' manufacturing space to 75,000 square feet at Round Rock, according to Mike Smith, sales manager for the Texas molder. The firm will add 12 new presses in the expanded space, giving Mid-States 30 presses with clamping forces of 85-850 tons. The Round Rock facility includes a Class 100,000 clean room medical molding operation, as well as regular facilities for computer and automotive molding.
Anchor Advanced Products injection molds components for the dental, medical, auto, computer and electronics industries, and blow molds containers for cosmetics. It was 21st in Plastic News' 1995 ranking of North American injection molders, with an estimated $150 million in annual injection molding sales, and 119th on PN's 1995 ranking of North American blow molders, with blow molding sales estimated at $5.8 million.
Ociean Bio-Chem enters bottle making
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - Ocean Bio-Chem Inc. of Fort Lauderdale will acquire a chemical mixing and plastic bottle manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Ala.
Peter Dornau, president of the holding company that manufactures automotive and marine-care products under the Star Brite brand name, would not disclose a purchase price. However, he said the 50,000-square-foot blow molding facility in Montgomery formerly was operated by Kin-Pak Inc.
The purchase includes several 1.2 million-gallon storage tanks, and 200,000-gallon mixing tanks located on the Alabama River, beside the blow molding facility.
``This will be our first facility for making bottles,'' Dornau said. ``The bottles can be made, filled, labeled, boxed and shipped via the river to the Gulf of Mexico.''
Ocean Bio-Chem's products include antifreeze, washer fluids, polishes, and other chemicals for cars, boats and aircraft.
Recycled plastic hides drug money
PHILADELPHIA - Green plastic disks being shipped from a firm calling itself a plastics recycler were found to contain about $1 million in cash, described as drug money by U.S. Customs and Drug Enforcement Agency officers.
The discovery was made in a truckload of plastic disks from a Philadelphia warehouse operated under the name General Recycling Inc. Officers followed the truck to an export shipper in Aston, Pa. The disks were being prepared for shipment to Colombia when they were seized Feb. 5, DEA spokeswoman Mary Vaira said in a telephone interveiw from Philadelphia.
Vaira said the opaque green disks, 10 inches in diameter and 5 inches thick, were in four large boxes labeled recycled plastic. Officers crushed the disks to find that each contained 600 bills of the same denomination - singles to hundreds.
No arrests were made, but the investigation is continuing, said Lawrence P. McElynn, the DEA special agent in charge. McElynn said the money was part of the drug-currency cycle of the international narcotics trade.