Risdon Corp. is closing a Holden, Mass., plant that injection molds plastic fragrance caps and consolidating that operation in Parsippany, N.J. In Parsippany, AMS America -under Risdon management since January - also injection molds plastic caps for fragrances, said Thomas J. Dunleavy, Risdon's executive vice president of operations. Both Risdon and AMS are cosmetics packaging units of Paris-based CarnaudMetalbox, a subsidiary of Crown Cork & Seal Co. Inc. of Philadelphia. Last year Risdon had estimated sales of $87.5 million for injection molded packaging and components.
The 39,000-square-foot Holden plant, near Worcester, employs about 35, all of whom will be offered jobs at Parsippany, Dunleavy said. Of the 15 injection presses at Holden, 12 will be moved to Parsippany, more than doubling molding capacity at that plant. Three machines are routed for a Risdon facility in Thomaston, Conn.
To accommodate the presses at Parsippany, Risdon plans to add space at that plant, which is also just under 40,000 square feet. When the move is completed, the merged outfit will have 75-80 workers and 22 presses under one roof for molding fragrance overcaps. The consolidation will result in better operating efficiency, Dunleavy said.
``We had two different operations in the same business and spread the resources between two separate factories. [The Parsippany] factory is closer to market and closer to our total Risdon corporate sales offices,'' Dunleavy said by telephone from the firm's Naugatuck, Conn., headquarters.
Although it became part of Risdon earlier this year, AMS America continues to do business under its own name. Risdon still has one Canadian and five U.S. East Coast injection molding plants, including in Middletown, N.Y., where it also injection blow molds plastic containers for mascara and eyeliner. In Naugatuck, it fabricates metals.
Last year Risdon contributed roughly $175 million to public parent Crown Cork & Seal's $5.05 billion in sales.