Plastics News East Coast staff reporter Steve Toloken reported these items from Plasti/Conn '97, which was held April 2 in Southington, Conn.
Pitney Bowes plans to outsource molding
Pitney Bowes Inc. hopes to have 30 percent of the work done by its injection molding plant in Danbury, Conn., come from outside the company in two years, company officials said.
Currently, the Danbury plant does 90 percent of its work on Pitney Bowes products, said Jack McShera, manager of engineering and new product development.
The company began seeking outside work three years ago but had been molding its own products for 30 years, McShera said. The plant has done work for Polaroid, Hewlett-Packard and Remington.
PolyTech expands plant, adds toolroom
Tooler and injection molder PolyTech Engineering recently added 2,500 square feet to its facility, giving it 4,500 square feet total.
Edward Branciforte, operations director for the East Berlin, Conn., firm, said the new space is a separate toolroom. The firm also added a computer numerically controlled milling center, he said.
Foster Corp. buys twin-screw extruder
Foster Corp. has added a fourth twin-screw extruder to its Dayville, Conn., plant, said President Larry Acquralo.
The 500,000-pound-capacity machine gives the firm six total, with two others in a Nevada plant, he said.
Connecticut deems plastics key industry
The plastics industry in Connecticut has been designated one of the ``cluster group'' of key industries by the state government, said officials with the Connecticut Plastics Council.
CPC sponsored the Plasti/Conn '97 show.
The recognition will help the industry get grants to boost vocational education and will give the industry greater stature, said Ted Stoughton, director of CPC and vice chairman of Prototype & Plastics Mold Co. Inc. in Middletown, Conn.
The council also thinks a bill allowing greater flexibility in the state's apprenticeship program will pass, he said.
The program gives companies $4,800 in tax credits for hiring an apprentice.