WASHINGTON, PA. - Washington-based Polycom Huntsman is adding capacity at five of its seven plants and is building a plant in Louisiana. Our goal is to grow quickly without restraint, to have the equipment in place for our customers when they need it,'' said George Abd, vice president.
The company, which has two plants in Donora, Pa., added its fifth line June 1 to plant No. 2. The twin-screw extruder can toll compound 30 million pounds of engineering resin per year. The 100,000-square-foot plant has 50 employees, with more to be hired.
Plant No. 1 in Donora will add a line for proprietary color concentrates and filled polypropylene compounds the first week of September. The 75,000-square-foot plant employs 65 and has four lines.
In July, the company is scheduled to open a 5,000-square-foot research and development center, which is attached to plant No. 1. Some 12 employees, engineers and technicians will run small versions of our equipment and our customers' equipment,'' Abd said.
Polycom will do process development work both for itself and for customers. The company will use 60 percent of the space with room for expansion.
Polycom's plants in St. Clair, Mich., Donchery, France, and Lockport, N.Y., are focused on the automotive industry. Two recently added capacity and one is in the process of doing so.
Late last year, the Lockport plant added its third line with a capacity of 20 million pounds per year. The plant added one person per shift. The 36,000-square-foot facility now has 35 employees.
Polycom's Donchery plant doubled its capacity to 40 million pounds per year with the addition of its second line in April. The 30,000-square-foot plant employs 17 and is near the border of France and Belgium.
The St. Clair plant will add a line for glass-reinforced polypropylene, tolling and proprietary compounding in October. The line will be the third for the 70,000-square-foot plant, which employs 34.
This is a major commitment on the part of the company to keep ahead of growth,'' Abd said. We've invested in the right areas and upgraded and replaced older equipment during the last few years.''
Last year, the company announced plans to open its eighth plant in Lake Charles, La. Polycom has broken ground on the 50,000-square-foot plant and production will begin during the second quarter of next year. The plant will have 40 employees and two compounding lines, with a capacity of 50 million pounds per year. The facility will do toll compounding.
Abd declined to reveal how much the company invested in the expansions and additions.
The firm makes color concentrates, proprietary filled and reinforced PP products and performs toll compounding. It serves the appliance, medical, electronic, flexible packaging, power tool and lawn and garden industries.ROSEVILLE, MICH.-RCO Engineer-ing Inc., an automotive design and engineering firm that also supplies prototype and production tooling, has acquired and consolidated D&S Die and Mold Inc., a production tooling firm.
In early May, RCO completed the transfer of equipment and personnel it acquired from D&S into its own facilities. RCO, based in Roseville, Mich., boosted its production space by 25,000 square feet to a total of 140,000 square feet in advance of the D&S acquisition.
RCO did not disclose the purchase price for D&S, which was also based in Roseville and had 30 employees.
RCO's customers - the Big Three and major automotive suppliers - have been increasingly interested in keeping the production tooling work at RCO after prototype tooling was completed, said Norman A. Starr, director of sales and marketing. The D&S acquisition will help RCO meet the demand.
We saw the need to provide full service,'' Starr said. ``A lot of customers want to go to the same source for prototype and production tooling.''
RCO designs and tools such products as door panels, consoles, instrument panels, headliners, mirrors and wheel covers. The company, which employs 250, also does tooling, prototyping and low-volume production of automotive seating.
The company has a large contract labor business and currently has more than 400 engineers placed with automakers and suppliers, Starr said.
KEENE, N.H. - Pad printing and hot-stamping equipment manufacturer Markem Corp. has acquired Spectra Inc., which makes inkjet printers.
Markem has worked with Spectra for about eight years, developing inkjet systems that print the date and production code on packaging for food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and industrial packaging.
Terms were not revealed.
Both companies are based in New Hampshire - Markem in Keene and Spectra in Hanover.
Alan Davis, Markem product manager for industrial marking, said the acquisition brings important inkjet technology in-house. The company will continue to develop new products, such as the System 5000 ink, which is cured under ultraviolet light. Markem introduced System 5000 in January. In plastics, the ink is used on wire and cable, connectors, wiring harnesses and circuit boards, he said.
In packaging, inkjet systems do noncontact printing, mainly for basic production data. Pad printing, on the other hand, is done by contact and can produce highly decorative, colorful designs such as company logos.
Spectra will continue to operate as a separate entity. Ronald Borelli will remain as Spectra president. Thomas Putnam, Markem chairman, will now be chairman of Spectra as well.WASHINGTON The Auxiliary Section of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. is developing industry safety standards for four types of auxiliary equipment: blenders, dryers, granulators and conveyors.
Washington-based SPI said subcommittees are drafting the standards this summer.
Draft copies are available by calling Sharon McGarvey at the SPI Machinery Division at (202) 371-5231.PORTLAND, MAINE - USA Robot of Portland has opened a regional sales and service center in Louisville, Ky.
The company specializes in inexpensive, easy-to-use robots called MAXYM, which stands for Movable Arm XY Machines. In the plastics industry, the robots can be used to fabricate parts, conduct secondary machining on injection molded parts or trim thermoformed parts.
EVANSVILLE, IND. - Because of increased business demands, compounder Nova Polymers Inc. of Evansville recently added 15,000 square feet of space and equipment to its manufacturing area.
The $250,000 expansion gives the plant a total of 55,000 square feet. Nova also has added two extruders and three 7,000-pound ribbon blenders. It has consolidated its business by moving its rubber manufacturing process from Baton Rouge, La., to its headquarters in Evansville.
Nova manufactures low-cost impact modifiers for the recycling industry for polypropylene and ABS,'' said President Roger Chapman.
Nova has a laboratory for physical property testing. Its equipment enables the firm to offer TPO and thermoplastic vulcanization into custom colors.
BEDFORD, MASS. - Tra-Con Inc., a compounder, has moved from Medford, Mass., to Bedford.
Although both facilities are the same size, 23,000 square feet, Joan Kitchen, marketing services manager, said the leased Bedford plant is a nicer building with room to expand. She added that the 60 employees made the 15-mile move.
Tra-Con is hiring manufacturing and lab employees and plans to upgrade its current equipment. The 37-year-old firm manufactures and packages epoxy, mainly for the electronic industry.
Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. has formed a subsidiary in Antwerp, Belgium, called NV Windmoeller & Hoelscher SA to serve Belgium and Luxembourg. The Lengerich, Germany, manufacturer of blown film machinery also opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand. Its U.S. office is in Lincoln, Neb.
Two machinery makers have named agents in Puerto Rico: Cincinnati Milacron Inc.'s Plastics Machinery Group of Batavia, Ohio, appointed Plastex Corp. of Guaynabo as its exclusive agent there; and Boy Machines Inc. of Exton, Pa., named Diversified Engineered Products Co. Inc. of Ponce as its manufacturers' representative.