MURRIETA, CALIF.-Larry C. Noggle, founder of Southern Plastic Mold Inc., now known as SPM/Dynacast Co., died April 4 after a lengthy illness. He was 77. Noggle began by building die-cast molds in the late 1940s. In 1954, Noggle sold the family home and used the proceeds to start an injection mold-making company. In 1956, SPM moved to Anaheim, Calif.
In 1976, Noggle sold the company to his three sons, Ed, Michael and Larry E., but remained on the board of directors until his retirement in 1980. He was the driving force behind initiation of the California apprenticeship program for plastic and die-cast mold makers in the late 1950s. SPM was the first California firm to have such a program.
Noggle, who resided in Murrieta, is survived by five children. A memorial fund has been established in his name at Stanford University School of Medicine for vascular surgery research.
Kelly retires, Wright to head Durakon
LAPEER, MICH. - James P. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of Durakon Industries Inc., retired April 1 from day-to-day management of the company, citing health reasons. He will remain on the board of directors and serve as a consultant to the company.
David Wright has been named president. He was president of the firm's sales and marketing division.
Kelly, 63, became Durakon's president and CEO last May. He had been president of subsidiary Jerr-Dan Corp. since 1991.
Kelly was credited with aggressive investing, increasing sales 19 percent to $172.1 million. However, 1995 net income per share fell to 34 cents from $1.82 in 1994 because of a patent dispute. The public firm expects 1996 results to rebound.
Durakon thermoforms pickup truck bedliners, light-truck accessories, rollback car carriers and wheel-lift towing vehicles. The Lapeer firm has four U.S. plants and one in Mexico.
Eagle-Picher shifts equipment to Mich.
BRIGHTON, MICH. - Eagle-Picher Fluid Systems has moved its extrusion equipment to a leased facility in Brighton.
The equipment had been at the former Orthane Division plant in Denton, Texas, which Eagle-Picher sold earlier this year to U.S Farathane Corp. of Royal Oak, Mich.
The last shipment from Texas arrived in Brighton on March 28. Eagle-Picher is leasing 27,000 square feet space in a recently built facility there.
The company has 17 employees at that location and plans to increase that number to 100 by 1998.
The company manufactures fluid systems such as fuel and vapor lines, brake applications and drain tubes. Eagle-Picher Fluid Systems also supplies fuel system products and emission system assemblies.
The Brighton location features a five-layer coextrusion line. The equipment will be used to make multilayer nylon/polyvinylidene chloride automotive evaporative emission systems for 1998-model cars.
Eagle-Picher Fluid Systems is a division of Eagle-Picher Automotive Group, based in Inkster, Mich.
JCI has PET bottle for tomato products
MANCHESTER, MICH. - Johnson Controls Plastics Technology Group has introduced the industry's first all-PET container for a hot-filled, tomato-based food product.
The company is supplying custom-designed, 46-ounce PET bottles for Campbell Soup Co.'s V8 vegetable juice, according to James Pell, vice president and general manager of the Plastics Technology Group.
The bottles, which are on store shelves in some parts of the United States, are made of heat-set PET at JCI's plant in Pinebrook, N.J. Campbell is based in Camden, N.J.
Shelley Steele, market manager for the plastic container division of JCI, said the bottles are an innovation for packaging of tomato-based products.
``The oxygen barrier in these bottles are better than in normal PET, and a good oxygen barrier is required for tomato-based products like ketchup and V8,'' she said.
The bottles took a year to develop. The Plastics Technology Group is a division of Johnson Controls Inc. of Milwaukee.