AKRON, OHIO — A number of key changes have happened since Plastics News published its North American rotational molders ranking Aug. 5. Top-ranked rotomolder Little Tikes Co. announced it was closing a plant in Blythwood, S.C., in December because of poor market conditions and high production costs. The Hudson, Ohio-based toy maker also closed its plant in Guelph, Ontario. That will leave Little Tikes with six rotomolding plants at the end of 1996, down from eight as shown in the special report chart.
Another toy molder, Step2 Corp., in second place on the ranking, announced in July it was spending $6 million to expand its newest plant, in Perrysville, Ohio. The Streetsboro, Ohio, company did not reveal how many rotomolding machines it will be adding.
Besides Perrysville and Streetsboro, Step2 operates a plant in Twinsburg, Ohio.
Chem-Tainer Industries Inc. of West Babylon, N.Y., the ninth-largest rotomolder with 1995 sales of $31 million and 10 plants in the United States, bought Tracy International Inc. of Pompano Beach, Fla. Tracy International reported sales of $500,000 for the fiscal year ended June 30, to tie for 94th place in the ranking. Tracy has two rotomolding machines.
Chem-Tainer molds containers for food processing, refuse and liquid and medical waste.
Gold Shield Inc., tied with three other companies for 52nd place with $4 million in sales, added two rotomolding machines in mid-1996. That will give the company five machines. The Riverside, Calif.-based company rotationally molds and thermoforms to serve several markets, including parts for motor homes and travel trailers made by its parent company, Fleetwood Enterprises.
Other markets include road barriers, military products, shipping cases and retail displays. Gold Shield expects rotomolding sales of about $5.5 million for its next fiscal year.