TOWNSEND, MASS. — Sterilite Corp. is building a 250,000-square-foot warehouse addition at its molding plant in Birmingham, Ala. The Townsend-based injection molder of housewares established the Alabama operation in the late 1970s.
Sterilite President David Stone confirmed the additional warehouse space. He did not disclose the amount of money Sterilite is investing in Birmingham.
A report in the Birmingham Business Journal said Sterilite could add injection molding machines at the plant, but Stone said the report was speculative.
Stone also said production started at a 476,000-square-foot plant Sterilite built in Perry Township, Ohio. Sterilite announced plans for that plant earlier this year.
TROY, MICH.—Thyssen Industrie AG — the German industrial conglomerate — is reorganizing its three automotive divisions into one unit.
The new subsidiary will be called Thyssen/Budd Automotive, named after the U.S. unit based in Troy. The new entity will generate sales of $3 billion a year, with corporate offices in Germany and Troy.
The new firm will oversee the operations of Thyssen's Budd, Umformtechnik and Guss divisions. Budd's products include steel stampings, frames, plastic body panels, castings and airbag components. Budd employs 9,000 in 25 North American facilities.
Umformtechnik manufactures stamped body components, while Guss produces iron and aluminum castings.
MONTREAL — Intertape Polymer Group Inc. completed the purchase of Tape Inc. of Green Bay, Wis., for an undisclosed amount of cash and Intertape common shares, Intertape said Nov. 18.
The previously announced deal expands and diversifies Intertape's carton sealing tape business to include paper and high-strength, reinforced composite tapes. Tape also makes plastic tapes, of which Intertape is a major producer.
Tape's sales exceed $30 million annually. Its plant in Green Bay has coating, laminating and printing capacity. Intertape of Montreal said Tape's customers are potential buyers of Intertape products.
STOUFFVILLE, ONTARIO — Noma Cable Tech plans to open its first U.S. wire and cable plant by the third quarter of 1997, the firm announced Nov. 18.
Noma Cable initially will invest about C$10 million (US$7.5 million) in the 50,000-square-foot plant, including C$6 million (US$4.5 million) for four extrusion lines, said John Cowen, the firm's president.
He said project managers will choose an extrusion equipment supplier by the end of this year. The facility will include a compounding operation to make insulation materials mainly based on PVC.
The Stouffville-based firm chose Mineral Wells, Texas, to make wires for harnesses for automobiles and appliances, extension cords and other products. Officials said it will supply U.S. Midwest customers and maquiladora plants in Mexico. Customers will include sister Noma companies in Ju rez, Nogales and Imuris, Mexico.
Noma Cable sales have grown larger than its Stouffville plant north of Toronto can handle, the company explained. Noma Cable is a division of Noma Industries Ltd. of Toronto. The latter recently opened a new wire harness plant in Valcourt, Quebec, to serve local markets.