Five years ago this week in Plastics News: Viatech Inc. and Merrywood Inc. bought bottle blow molder Continental Plastic Containers Inc. Viatech later changed its name to Continental Can Co. (Continental Can recently agreed to buy out Merrywood's interest in jointly owned blow molding operations.)
American Filtrona Corp. opened its fifth custom extrusion plant in Phoenix. The Richmond, Va., firm now has seven extrusion facilities. (WBT Holdings LLC is negotiating to buy Filtrona from shareholders for $160 million.)
Klockner Ferromatik Desma GmbH closed its polyurethane injection molding machinery business after it could not find a buyer for the Hermeskeil, Germany, operation. It bought the business two years earlier from Battenfeld GmbH.