FRANKLIN PARK, ILL. - KDW Enterprises Inc. this month plans to move a recently acquired vacuum forming operation to its Franklin Park facility. KDW bought privately held Aspen Plastics of Cortland, Ill., for undisclosed terms, and said June 1 it plans to expand the former Aspen operation.
Jack Luedtke, KDW vice president of sales and marketing, said the purchase boosts KDW's vacuum forming business, which has focused on retail markets such as automotive accessories. He would not disclose equipment details or how the Aspen business will affect KDW's marketing.
Aspen's founder, John Karedes, will head KDW's vacuum forming division. Karedes could not be reached for comment.
KDW also does custom and proprietary injection molding.
Molder Mid-State adds space, presses
SEAGROVE, N.C. - Mid-State Plastics Inc. is expanding its Round Rock, Texas, facility and will add 15 new injection presses in a $4.5 million program.
Richard Mack, Mid-State vice president for marketing and sales in Seagrove, said the 25,000-square-foot addition increases capacity for such clients as Compaq Computer. The expansion adds to the company's existing 6-year-old, 47,000-square-foot, 19-machine clean-room operation in Round Rock, outside Austin, Mack said.
The facility will have presses with clamping forces of 35-900 tons, Mack said. The 34 Round Rock presses add to the 71 operated by Mid-State in three facilities in Seagrove.
Mid-State, which became a division of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Anchor Advanced Products Inc. in July 1994, also bought land near the Round Rock facility for future expansion, Mack said.
The latest reported figure for Mid-State profit was $33 million in 1993.
Anchor, a major toothbrush producer with sales of about $160 million, ranked 18th in Plastics News' 1995 survey of North American injection molders.
Interplastic doubling SMC capacity
SOUTH BEND, IND. - Interplastic Corp. is expanding and upgrading its molding products division in South Bend.
Interplastic will install a 48-inch sheet molding compound line that will more than double current capacity. The St. Paul, Minn., firm said in a June 17 news release that the new line will allow fast switchover of formulations and eliminate cross-con-tamination. It includes charging and batching equipment and auxiliary machinery, such as automated maturation and bulk- filler handling systems.
The South Bend operation will add 30,000 square feet of space to accommodate a laboratory and office expansion, and will boost employment by 20. New environmental controls will allow the facility to comply with maximum achievable control technology, the firm noted.
The Interplastic division is dedicated to merchant market sales. Officials were unavailable to comment on the cost of the project or capacity details.
Early this year Interplastic announced expansions for its Silmar and commercial resins divisions plants at Fort Wright, Ky., and Pryor, Okla., respectively. The projects will boost unsaturated polyester capacity by 137 million pounds per year.
New Mitchell plant to begin production
KITCHENER, ONTARIO - Automotive molder Mitchell Plastics Ltd. this month will begin production at a second injection molding plant in Kitchener, geared toward large-tonnage molding.
The new plant contains four Mitsubishi presses - one 750- ton, one 1,000-ton and two 1,500-ton machines, said President Murray Ariss. He said the company has invested about $8 million in the facility.
The first Mitchell Plastics molding plant has machines with clamping forces of 45-720 tons. The company also runs a painting facility in Kitchener.
Ariss said the company will use the larger machines to make interior door panel parts, covers for business machines and other products. Mitchell Plastics also molds electronics parts.
By early next year, Mitchell Plastics plans to increase employment to 155 people, from its current staff of 145. The firm plans to achieve the automotive industry's QS9000 certification by the second quarter of 1997.