Wash. molder moving to expand operations
WASHOUGAL, WASH. — Piller Plastics plans to expand into a 40,000-square-foot facility by the end of the year.
Privately held Hannah Motor Co. bought the Washougal-based injection molder in January as an investment. A company spokesman would not disclose the purchase price.
The new building will cost $1.8 million. It can be expanded to 80,000 square feet, if needed, said Steve Piller, quality-control manager.
The company plans eventually to purchase 30 more injection presses, which may lead to the creation of as many as 40 new jobs.
Piller, established in 1964, employs 65 and operates 12 presses producing parts for printing, toys, hot tubs and spas, and wedges for the lumber mill industry. It has annual sales of $7 million.
Hannah owns five car dealerships in the Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., area and has more than 400 employees.
SPI thermoformers name award winners
WASHINGTON—The Thermoforming Institute of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington announced its National Award winners. TI announced the awards Feb. 18 at its winter meeting in Mauna Lani, Hawaii.
In the heavy-gauge category the winners are:
Thermoformed assembly—console assembly, Triangle Plastics Inc. in Independence, Iowa.
Thermoformed part—taxi rooftop displays, Gregstrom Corp. of Woburn, Mass.
Pressure formed assembly—Masspectometer, Thermo-Fab Corp. in Shirley, Mass.
Pressure formed part—PCD film scanner 2000, Kintz Plastics Inc. in Howes Cave, N.Y.
Twin-sheet assembly—Immunoussy diagnostic system, also from Kintz Plastics.
Twin-sheet part—utility cart, TriEnda Corp. of Portage, Wis.
Light-gauge category winners, by division, are:
Food packaging—full meal tray, Madison, Wis.-based Placon Corp.
Industrial packaging — Tree Tainer, Plastic Art Products Ltd. in Greeley, Colo.
Consumer packaging — 1996 Christmas package, Prent Corp. in Janesville, Wis.
Medical Packaging—ultrasound kit Snap Pak, also from Prent.
Displays — Beyond Moisture Lipstick display made by Plastic Concept Inc. of Huntington Beach, Calif.
Component parts—booster cap for an automotive air bag, also from Plastic Art.
Paragon Vision buys contact lens maker
MESA, ARIZ. — Contact-lens material supplier Paragon Vision Sciences has acquired a Colorado firm that makes specialty contact lenses.
Paragon bought FlexLens of Englewood for undisclosed terms March 31, said Paragon President and Chief Executive Joseph Sicari.
Paragon supplies material for oxygen-permeable lenses but wants FlexLens to be a ``beachhead'' into selling directly to eye-care workers.
The Arizona firm has about 50 employees and is the nation's second-largest supplier of materials for oxygen-permeable lenses.
FlexLens employs about 15. Its owner, David Dougherty, has been named vice president of sales and business development for FlexLens products at Paragon.