LAKELAND, FLA.-Workers at the Continental Plastic Containers plant in Lakeland went on strike Nov. 1 for higher wages and a pension plan. About 68 of the plant's 74 employees went on strike, although some have since crossed the picket line, said David Stulman, vice president of human resources at CPC's headquarters in Norwalk, Conn. The plant continued operations. Stulman said negotiations are set to begin this week.
Union representatives for the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Local 310 could not be reached for comment. The company, a unit of Continental Can Co. of Syosset, N.Y., makes blow molded bottles. The Lakeland plant opened eight years ago and operates three shifts.
WALLED LAKE, MICH. - Libralter Plastics Inc. plans to set up an auto parts injection molding facility in Elkton, Ky., according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
Libralter will invest about $13 million in the facility, which is scheduled to begin production by July. It will build a 60,000-square-foot plant on an 8-acre site and expects to employ 100.
``We fell in love with the people of Elkton and decided this was the perfect place for our new manufacturing plant,'' Jim Weikert, executive vice president of Libralter, said in an Oct. 23 news release. Weikert and other company officials could not be reached to provide more details on the project.
Walled Lake-based Libralter listed its sales at $85.3 million for the year ended Oct. 31, 1995, in Plastics News' ranking of North American injection molders.
TORONTO - Ventra Group Inc. is making a second offer to acquire Tarxien Corp. It said its new offer is ``at least financially equivalent'' to one made by Gecamex Technologies Inc.
Tarxien's board approved Gecamex's all-cash offer worth C$45 million (US$33.8 million) for Tarxien, an Ajax, Ontario, auto parts firm. Gecamex mailed its offer on Oct. 31.
Brian Lawson, chairman of the independent committee of Tarxien's board of directors, could not be reached for comment. Officials with Gecamex of Leamington, Ontario, did not return telephone calls.
Ventra's latest per-share offer is for C$9.25 (US$6.94) in cash, two Ventra common shares, a common share purchase warrant, and C$0.95 (US$0.71) or another half of a Ventra share. Ventra of Cambridge, Ontario, estimated the value of its offer to be equal or better than Gecamex's C$14.10 (US$10.58) per-share cash offer.
HARRODSBURG, KY. - Trim Masters Inc. plans to build a 75,000- square-foot plant in Lawrenceville, Ill., to supply seats, door panels and plastic moldings for the Toyota T100 pickup truck.
The site is 38 miles northwest of Toyota's Princeton, Ind., assembly plant. TMI expects its plant to employ about 100 when it opens in mid-1997. TMI, based in Harrodsburg, has four U.S. plants-in Bardstown, Harrodsburg, and Nicholasville, Ky.; and Modesto, Calif. A fifth, in Leitchfield, Ky., will open in early 1997.
TMI is a joint venture of Johnson Controls Inc. in Milwaukee; Araco Corp. of Toyota City, Japan; and Toyota Tsusho America Inc., a subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho Corp. of Toyota City.
CHICAGO - About 100 industry representatives are expected to attend an Illinois Plastics Summit on Nov. 19.
The event will be held at the Commonwealth Edison Customer Service Center in Oak Brook, Ill. Sponsors of the one-day summit are the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Midwest office in Chicago and Illinois First, a public/private group dedicated to retaining industry in the state.
The plastics industry in Illinois employed 85,300 people in 1994, according to the most-recent SPI data.
``Participants will be asked to identify what barriers impede their progress in Illinois, and we will document those issues and create an action plan to address concerns,'' said Dennis Whetstone, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.
Cost is $50. For information, contact SPI at (312) 380-0808, or SPI's fax-on-demand service at (800) 774-4614, ext 2604.