MADISON, WIS. - Woodland Plastic Recycling Corp. of Madison will open its second plant Oct. 28. The company has invested about $1 million in the leased, 15,000-square-foot plant in Hazelton, Pa. It will employ 25 within two years and have a recycling capacity of 8 million pounds per year, the firm said.
Three Condux Plastcompactors and proprietary processing equipment will be housed in the Hazelton plant. Although the company recycles all types of plastics, the majority are engineering resins such as nylon, said President Daniel Reed.
``We chose the location because of its proximity to our customers, at their request,'' Reed added. ``The majority of our customers are on the East Coast.''
Woodland's other plant, in Madison, has seven recycling machines and a capacity of about 12 million pounds per year.
WASHINGTON - The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has created a marketing committee to deal with deteriorating prices for recycled PET. The group is calling for legislation to mandate recycled content in packaging.
PET has been a longtime plastics recycling success story, but recent additions to virgin PET production capacity have hurt markets for post-consumer PET. Washington-based APR held a special meeting Sept. 16 to consider the problem.
``Our focus is on the demand aspect,'' said Jerry Weis, vice president of polymer process at Environmental Products Corp. ``Markets are out there that had been served with [post-consumer resin] in the past. Now virgin and wide spec are taking over. We need to find an economically sustainable product market. APR supports mandatory recycled content in packaging. This is a viable long-term option.''
The marketing committee came up with a mission statement: ``To promote and cultivate greater use of post-consumer plastics in new and existing products by increasing emphasis on market development, promoting recycled content legislation and improving cost-effectiveness in collection and processing.''
Weis would not elaborate on the statement but said the committee will meet again next month to determine specific goals.
Luke Schmidt, president of the National Association for Plastic Container Recovery in Charlotte, N.C., and Red Cavaney, chairman of the American Plastics Council in Washington, said they disagree with APR's position on recycled-content legislation, but added that they will continue to work with the Washington trade group.
OPELIKA, ALA. - Mesa Industries of Opelika has three blow molding operations starting up this month.
The company installs blow molding machines inside customers' plants to supply bottles. The new operations are in Statesville, N.C., Easton, Pa., and Greensboro, N.C. Company officials would not identify the customers, or discuss the number of machines installed, the number of employees hired or investment at each facility.
Mesa has 190 employees and 28 blow molding machines companywide. It serves the food, household and industrial chemical and packaging markets with bottles made from high density polyethylene. The company reported sales of $30 million for the year ended Aug. 31.
BEDFORD, MASS. - BASF Corp. announced Oct. 9 that it plans to close its BASF Magnetics Corp. marketing and sales office in Bedford, and 115 employees will be given severance packages. Another 13 people will be affected at the firm's Canadian office.
The local office will discontinue handling the magnetic tape business in the United States and Canada for BASF Magnetics GmbH, headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The German office will assume direct responsibility through independent distributors for customers in the United States and Canada effective Dec. 31.
This comes in the wake of BASF Corp.'s earlier announcement that it plans to sell its worldwide magnetic recording media and disc production business to RAKS Holding AS in Turkey. High raw material and production costs, and increased competition, have put the squeeze on magnetic tape producers during the past year.