Collins & Aikman renames Manchester
TROY, MICH. — Collins & Aikman Products Co. has changed the name of its injection molding subsidiary from Manchester Plastics Inc. to Collins & Aikman Plastics Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Collins & Aikman will be able to use its marketing resources in the automotive industry for its molding subsidiary now that it has the same name, Collins & Aikman President Thomas Hannah said in a news release.
C&A Plastics, based in Troy, molds interior auto parts and systems, including door panels, headrests, consoles and instrument panels. The subsidiary ranked 18th on Plastics News' list of North American injection molders with $187.1 million in relevant sales last year.
Collins & Aikman also is a major supplier of auto components such as textile and plastic trim, acoustics and convertible top systems. The firm bought Manchester Plastics' parent company, Larizza Industries Inc., for $174 million in September 1995.
Conn. molder to add new electric press
MIDDLETOWN, CONN. — Prototype & Plastic Mold Co. Inc. will invest $200,000 in a new Cincinnati Milacron electric injection molding machine to meet growth demands that has the mold maker and injection molding firm operating three shifts.
``I have plans on my desk for a 10,000-square-foot addition,'' said company owner Murray Gerber. Gerber said financing has yet to be arranged for the planned expansion.
Prototype recently won a contract for molded lens barrel components for projectors from an unnamed Canadian firm. The order sent Gerber, whose company operates 14 presses in a 27,000-square-foot facility, in search of an additional 110-ton press to complement the 40- to 300-ton Arburg and Cincinnati machines at the firm's 85-employee Middletown plant.
``We've centered in on the electric molding machine from Cincinnati,'' he said. ``It's extremely efficient in the use of electricity and that's of great interest to us.''
Prototype has annual sales ``of slightly less than $10 million,'' according to Gerber, who founded the company in 1968. The business focuses on a speciality niche market producing highly engineered injection molded components for the aircraft, medical instrumentation and computer industries, Gerber said.
Cullom completes $3 million expansion
CLEVELAND, TENN.—Cullom Machine Tool & Die Inc. has completed a $3 million expansion that added 33,000 square feet of production space and about 40 employees at its Cleveland plant.
The manufacturer of vacuum corrugators and plastic tubing machinery more than doubled its former 24,500-square foot facility with the building addition, according to Keith Cousineau, customer service and sales manager.
``Our current sales have gone up dramatically,'' he said. ``We're very busy. Next year is going to be a very good year.''
Cullom employs 85. It also acquired and installed a range of new equipment. Its shopping list included three overhead cranes, three vertical computer numerically controlled milling centers, two horizontal CNC milling centers, a CNC lathe, a rotary grinder, vertical manual mills, manual lathes, a paint booth and a coordinate measuring machine for quality assurance.
The privately held company, founded in 1979 in Cullom, Ill., relocated to Cleveland in 1984. Cousineau declined to disclose the firm's annual sales.
Niigata moves to larger Chicago facility
ITASCA, ILL. — The U.S. headquarters of Japanese injection press maker Niigata Engineering Co. Ltd. has moved into a larger facility in the Chicago area.
The company moved from its 12,000-square-foot facility in Elk Grove Village, Ill., to a 20,000-square-foot building in Itasca. The move was made during the final week in September.
A three-story glass facade graces the front of the Itasca building, which Niigata is leasing. That area will house a showroom for displaying machines, Niigata General Manager Robert Columbus said.
``We're going to have a more extensive training classroom facility, an area for machine demonstration, a showroom facility and a demonstration area,'' he said Sept. 22.
The building in Itasca is large enough to stock 25-30 injection molding machines. Niigata also will continue to store machines in nearby warehouses.
The company employs 22 at its U.S. unit.