SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Australian polyurethane foam company Joyce Corp. Ltd. has exported a A$300,000 (US$233,000) foam reticulation chamber to North America, following earlier export success with the product in Asia. The chamber, developed by Joyce's Sydney-based foam division, uses a unique thermal reticulation process to alter the cell structure of PU foam so it can be used for varied applications, including filtration, acoustic and cosmetic uses, the company said.
Alan Robinson, general manager of operations for Joyce's foam division, said Joyce is one of four companies in the world with the technology that can process both polyether and polyester foams.
Doug Kerr, Joyce marketing services manager for foam products, would not name the chamber's American buyer, but said the firm is one of the largest U.S. foam makers. He said the sale also included ongoing technology and licensing revenue for Joyce.
It is Joyce's third overseas sale; previous sales were in Korea and Taiwan. Kerr said more sales to North America and Asia are ``in the pipeline.'' He said Joyce also is promoting Polyshot, a PU-based industrial pipe and tube cleaning system, and Fuelkleenik, a stability foam designed to stop diesel fuel deterioration.
P&E Inc. sells off vacant Fla. plant
ORLANDO, FLA.-Minerva Plastics sold off a former plastics molding plant in Orlando that had been vacant since December.
Minerva, which does business as P&E Inc., was formed when Piper Industries Inc. of Orlando and Erie Crate & Manufacturing Co. of Erie, Pa., merged late last year. Both firms had proprietary injection molding operations in Orlando, so P&E consolidated manufacturing at its 100,000-square-foot headquarters plant, and closed Erie's 43,000-square-foot facility, said Jay Rigby, president of P&E and its parent, Alpha Holdings Inc. of Dallas.
P&E sold the building for $900,000, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Rigby would not confirm that sum.
Earlier this year, P&E expanded capacity at its St. Louis and Dayton, N.J., plants, adding a 1,000-ton Cincinnati Milacron press at each plant to make crates, dairy cases and transport containers, Rigby said. The firm also does some thermoforming.
P&E's new recycling line in Orlando, up and running since February, has assimilated any displaced workers from the plant closing, Rigby said. The line reprocesses high density polyethylene, which is reused in crates.
Alpha also owns Zoo Piks International, which injection molds plastic stadium cups and hors d'oeuvre picks, and extrudes drinking straws at plants in Dallas and Los Angeles, Rigby said.
Dimco-Gray's Daulton receives ESOP award
CENTERVILLE, OHIO - Jim Daulton, chief union steward and a member of the board of directors at Dimco-Gray Co., was named National Employee Owner of the Year by the ESOP Association in Washington.
Dimco-Gray of Centerville is an employee stock ownership plan company. Daulton received the award May 17 during the ESOP Association's annual conference in Washington.
Earlier this year, the Ohio Chapter of the ESOP Association named Dimco-Gray Ohio ESOP Company of the Year.
Dimco-Gray became an ESOP in 1986, when it was facing a possible breakup as the owner planned to retire. In 1992, Daulton became chief union steward of Local 768 of the International Union of Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers, which represents employees at the Center-ville headquarters plant.
The once-combative union has played a key role in running Dimco-Gray, which makes knobs and handles by compression and injection molding.
Unimark expands Missouri facility
SPRINGFIELD, MO.-Unimark Plas-tics Co. expects to have 18-20 injection presses at its new Springfield plant by the end of the year when it completes the first phase of the facility.
Unimark began production of shotgun shell wads at the plant in late March and now has eight Van Dorn presses with clamping forces of 230 tons, said Larry Miller, a spokesman for Unimark parent company Alltrista Corp. of Muncie, Ind. It molds the wads mainly from polyethylene for Olin-Winchester Corp.
Miller said to build and equip the 43,000-square-foot plant will cost about $10 million in the first phase. Unimark hopes to build onto the plant next year.
The state of Missouri is helping Unimark obtain a low-cost, $1.5 million loan for phase one. State Treasurer Bob Holden said his office placed about $1.5 million in state funds with Boatmen's Na-tional Bank through the Missouri First program for job creation. The facility will employ about 60.
Unimark announced the project, its fourth custom molding facility, in early 1995. It has plants in Greenville, S.C., Reedsville, Pa., and Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Poly-Pacific divides plastics businesses
EDMONTON, ALBERTA-Poly-Pacific International Inc. is separating its plastic blasting-media business from its injection molding business to make it easier to raise funds in the stock market for expanding the former.
Poly-Pacific Canada Inc. makes thermoset abrasives from recycled urea-formaldehyde and melamine resins and from thermoplastics such as acrylic, PET and polycarbonate. A sister company, Poly-Pacific Inc., owns all of Poly-Pacific Canada and injection molds toys, said Thomas Lam, president of Poly-Pacific Inter-national Inc., the firm that plans to buy all shares of Poly-Pacific Canada.
All three companies are based in Edmonton.
Lam said Poly-Pacific Canada converts recycled plastic into blasting media with various mesh sizes. He established Poly-Pacific International, a public company trading on the Alberta Stock Exchange, several years ago.
Lam said blasting media applications include aerospace parts, aluminum molds, building surfaces and a range of industrial cleaning.
He did not disclose the media business' sales. He expects the Poly-Pacific Canada takeover will be completed in September.