MILWAUKEE - Pereles Bros. Inc. recently added a 90-ton vertical-clamp injection press at its Milwaukee plant. The molder is in the midst of expanding its warehouse there by 39,000 square feet, to free manufacturing space for the new press and another, to be installed as early as next month, said President Keith P. Tracy.
The new machine, an Autojectors with a rotary table, brings the company's total injection presses to 32, with clamping forces of 30-375 tons, he said in a March 21 telephone interview.
``We haven't expanded our warehouse since 1976,'' Tracy said. ``Since then our business has tripled. We were very tight.''
Construction will be finished in a few weeks. The project gives PBI room for four more vertical molding machines, he said. The total investment for the press and building is just shy of $400,000, he said. Next month PBI probably will install a used, specialty-type vertical press, to mold sporting equipment for an undisclosed customer, Tracy said.
Last year PBI had sales of $12.5 million in markets that include automotive, electrical/electronic, telecommunications, medical and construction. It employs 135.
Menasha to run WolPac as subsidiary
NEENAH, WIS. - Returnable packaging designer and thermoformer WolPac Inc. of Madison Heights, Mich., recently purchased by Menasha Corp., will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, the parent company announced March 26.
WolPac is primarily known for its program management of returnable packaging systems for the automotive industry. It does manufacture some plastic returnable packaging, said Michael Curran, marketing director of LewiSystems, a Neenah- based Menasha division that manufactures plastic returnable/ reusable containers. Thermoformed containers include those made to carry Chrysler Corp. gasoline tanks, he said.
John P. Snyder, president of Menasha's material handling group, said, ``Combining Menasha Corp.'s expertise in returnable packaging systems with WolPac's strengths in project design and management services allows us the opportunity to be a leading total solutions provider for the automotive industry.''
No purchase price was revealed. Privately owned Menasha operates 55 facilities in 20 states and four foreign countries. It serves five major markets: forest products, packaging, promotional and information graphics, plastics and material handling.
Poly Vac Inc. plans to build facility
MANCHESTER, N.H.-Approval by the Manchester Planning Board was expected late last week for the construction of a 110,500-square-foot office and manufacturing facility by Poly Vac Inc., a Londonderry, N.H., medical plastics manufacturer.
The company expects to complete the facility by autumn. The firm injection molds and thermoforms standard and custom surgical trays and other surgical assisting devices designed to withstand sterilization.About 98,900 square feet will be dedicated to manufacturing, with the remainder to be a three-story office building. Administration, marketing and research and development also will be housed in the facility.
Poly Vac has occupied its current Manchester operation for six years, said Beth Comire, a marketing assistant. The company, which employs 120, will probably increase that number when it moves to its new facility, she said.
Comire did not provide details on the numbers or types of machines that will be housed in the new plant or its cost.
DSM to close Calif. compounding plant
EVANSVILLE, IND. - Four years after purchasing a La Mirada, Calif., compounding facility from Akzo NV, DSM Engineering Plastics has decided to discontinue operations there.
The site compounded several types of resins, primarily polypropylene. DSM Engineering Plastics, which is based in Evansville and also has a plant in Stoney Creek, Ontario, has invested heavily in its North American production facilities. With the closing of its California plant, DSM plans to add a warehouse to serve its customers throughout the West and will rely on its distribution partners.
With the La Mirada plant closing within 60 days, DSM will assist the 19 people employed at the facility in finding new jobs. As well, the application development center for customer support and market development will be relocated.
DSM Engineering Plastics is part of DSM NV, the Netherlands.