Tube maker moving after suspected arson
PORTLAND, ORE. — Profile and tube manufacturer Northwest Rubber Extruders Inc. of Portland is moving to another Portland facility in November.
The old, 15,000-square-foot facility consisted of three buildings, one of which burned to the ground in February. According to a spokeswoman for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in Aloha, Ore., the fire is believed to be arson and still is under investigation. All the buildings were leased.
The new facility will be about 26,000 square feet. Renovation costs were not disclosed.
According to Sue Lucas, general manager and owner, the company plans to use three extruders for thermoplastics, two for silicone and two for organic-based products.
The company makes custom products for the trucking, architectural, medical and electronics markets, she said.
Northwest had annual sales of $3.5 million, with $1.2 million in profile and tubing sales, for the year ended Feb. 28, according to Plastics News' ranking of North American pipe, profile and tubing manufacturers.
The firm employs about 40.
Film manufacturer adding 8 extruders
HAWTHORNE, N.J. — Film manufacturer Nexus Plastics Inc. of Hawthorne is negotiating to buy eight extruders to be delivered by January.
President J. Ronald Esak said the Hawthorne facility will get two extruders, bringing its total to 28. The firm's Ontario, Calif., plant will add six machines. Neither plant will need to be expanded to accommodate the new equipment.
The used machines will cost about $2 million, and will be purchased from an undisclosed company in the Midwest.
Nexus specializes in medical, pharmaceutical and anti-static film for packaging and liners. The company uses mostly polyethylene and some blends of polypropylene and nylon.
Nexus reported sales of $24 million. Esak said the new machines should generate about $2 million more in annual sales.
Buckhorn adds tools, signs container pact
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO — Buckhorn Canada Inc. of Brampton has been contracted to manufacture new, reusable container products beginning this fall, for which it has acquired 12 new injection molding tools.
The new products include three recycling pails with lids, a hamper for the agricultural industry, an industrial-strength stacking container, and a distribution container.
The molds cost C$600,000 (US$440,000), but Jim Morrison, vice president and general manager of Buckhorn Canada, estimates that 1997 sales of about C$9 million (US$6.6 million) will grow to at least C$10 million (US$7.3 million) in 1998.
Delphi Packard Electric's Warren, Ohio, facility recently had 16 employees take the Society of Plastics Engineers-Institute for Plastics Certification Certified Plastics Technologist exam. All 16 passed the test. Delphi makes connectors, clamps, clips, junction boxes and wiring harnesses for the automotive industry.