GE, JLM Marketing enter styrene pact
PARKERSBURG, W.VA. — A new business partnership will allow feedstock buyers to purchase styrene monomer directly from GE Petrochemicals or from JLM Marketing.
Officials at GE Petrochemicals said the move will allow the Parkersburg firm to stay closer to new customers through more-frequent contact.
JLM Marketing of Tampa, Fla., specializes in selling bulk liquid solvents and imported specialty chemicals. The company claims to be the second-largest acetone marketer in North America, handling more than 400 million pounds annually.
Existing customers will continue to be served by GE Petrochemicals representatives.
The company is focusing on specialty niches, such as coatings for inks and paints and toner for printers, according to Sean McKeon, GE Petrochemicals business leader.
GE Petrochemicals' styrene monomer is produced at the company's Carville, La., plant in a joint venture between GE and Fina Oil and Chemical Co. The monomer is used to produce polystyrene, ABS, unsaturated polyesters and several other polymers, thermoplastic rubbers, coatings and printing inks.
Roscom Inc. doubles capacity and space
CROYDON, PA. — Compounder Roscom Inc. completed a $4.5 million expansion at its headquarters plant in Croydon.
Roscom, which supplies the toy, medical, construction, nonmetallic electrical conduit and automotive industries, started the expansion to double the company's capacity to 80 million pounds per year. The plant was expanded to 80,000 square feet, doubling the space.
The company needed to expand because of higher demand and constraints on production space, according to a company spokesman.
The company said a $250,000 research and development center was built to improve the production of compounds and expand its alloy and specialty compound base.
Roscom, which now has 55 employees, has brought in 20 employees during the past three years.
The company expects to increase sales 23 percent this year to its goal of $28 million.
Nova expands center for styrenics research
CALGARY, ALBERTA — Nova Chemicals Inc. will invest about $12 million to expand its styrenics technology and research center in Monaca, Pa.
Nova will consolidate styrenics research at its Beaver Valley facility in Monaca and close existing research units in Leominster, Mass., and Newtown Square, Pa. Nova's vice president of technology, Paul Clark, said his firm will move some existing equipment from the two research units and buy new machinery.
Nova's styrenics technology center will include a polymerization reactor and compounding equipment to develop new resins and compounds.
``We expect to make significant advances, like we did with Sclairtech [polyethylene] technology,'' Clark said from Nova's head office in Calgary.
The center will work on general-purpose polystyrene, Dylite expandable PS, Dylark engineering resins, Arcel moldable foam and NAS clear resins.
Clark expects Nova to double its styrenics research staff to about 80 when the project is completed by March 1998. The company also will double floor space at the center.
Rapid Prototype Co. Inc., based in Auburn Hills, Mich., purchased a second rapid prototyping machine from DTM Corp. of Austin, Texas. The Sinterstation 2500 has roughly twice the build- chamber size of the old machine, according to the company, which makes prototypes and tooling.
Mokon Division of Protective Closures Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., appointed HS&S Plastic Machinery of Costa Mesa, Calif., as a representative for its temperature-control systems in the south- western United States.