Solo expanding, transferring operations
HAVRE DE GRACE, MD. — Solo Cup Co. plans to build a 500,000-square-foot distribution facility in Havre de Grace, according to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.
The new, $15.5 million facility will open early next year. It will free up 50,000 square feet of space for increased manufacturing at Federalsburg, Md., when Solo transfers the latter facility's distribution functions to Havre de Grace. Solo also plans to close its Arbutus, Md., warehouse in Baltimore County when it opens the Havre de Grace operation.
Solo officials declined to elaborate on details provided by the state. In early 1996, Solo denied it was considering closing its Arbutus warehouse while it planned to build a large facility in Maryland.
Maryland officials approved a $500,000 conditional loan for the Havre de Grace project, which is to create 25 new jobs and protect 500 existing positions. By locating within a state enterprise zone, Solo will be eligible for real property tax credits of as much as $1.2 million over 10 years and $45,000 in employee wage credits over three years. Maryland also will offer Solo a $20,000 employee training grant.
Solo, based in Highland Park, Ill., makes plastic and paper disposable cups, plates, bowls and food containers.
SPI, APC predict more merger meetings
WASHINGTON — Merger negotiators for the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and the American Plastics Council think they need two or three meetings to decide if a deal can be worked out, APC President Red Cavaney said June 4.
The Washington-based groups hope the meetings can be held by September, Cavaney said. The meetings will determine if a merger is feasible and outline a process for choosing a new leader, he said. The groups want the president of the new group to be named early and be involved in the transition, he said.
A spokesman for SPI President Larry Thomas said Cavaney's summary is accurate, and declined further comment.
Cavaney out of running for chamber job
WASHINGTON — The Chamber of Commerce probably will select the head of the Alexandria, Va.-based American Trucking Associations as its new leader. The American Plastics Council's Red Cavaney also had been nominated for the position.
Cavaney, president of Washington-based APC, said June 4 that he removed his name from the running less than 10 days after current chamber President Richard Lesher said he was stepping down Feb. 24. Cavaney, who has served on the chamber's board and is head of its division that represents trade associations, was nominated by others.
The Washington Post reported June 4 that American Trucking Associations President Thomas Donohue is likely to be named head of the chamber.
W.R. Grace to overhaul packaging unit
BOCA RATON, FLA.—W.R. Grace & Co. is restructuring Grace Packaging, also known by its Cryovac brand name, in Boca Raton.
The packaging business contributes roughly two-thirds of Grace's $3.5 billion in annual sales.
The company plans to appoint global function managers and eliminate regional general management to focus on sales and customer support activities.
Grace Packaging will move its global headquarters from Boca Raton to Duncan, S.C., where Grace has its largest U.S. presence. Grace Packaging Latin America headquarters, also in Boca Raton, will relocate to Mexico City to improve communications and streamline the decision-making process.
The company said the reorganization will be completed this summer. The cost of the move has not been determined.
BASF raising PS prices, closing plants
MOUNT OLIVE, N.J.—BASF Corp. announced June 5 it will raise polystyrene prices and close two small PS manufacturing facilities.
The Mount Olive-based company said it will raise prices 4 cents per pound on all grades of crystal, impact, engineering specialty and ignition-resistant PS, effective July 1.
The manufacturing facilities targeted for closing are older operations: an 80 million-pound-per-year plant in Holyoke, Mass., which is to close by December; and a 75 million-pound-per-year facility in Santa Ana, Calif., that will close by the end of 1998.