The following briefs were compiled by Plastics News' Washington-based staff reporter Steve Toloken at MassPlastics '97, held Oct. 29-30 in Fitchburg, Mass.
Micron Medical puts $1 million in facility
Micron Medical Products Inc. has spent about $1 million to refurbish a 45,000-square-foot warehouse next to its offices, including adding three injection molding machines.
The new machines give the company 15 presses total.
About 60 percent of the project's cost came from adding a larger membrane filtration system to chemically treat its waste water to remove metals and acidity, according to Micron President Anthony Cetrone.
Micron Medical, headquartered in Fitchburg, said it wields roughly 80 percent of the world market for silver chloride electrocardiogram sensors and garners most of its $10 million in sales from that.
Mar-Lee Cos. adding molding machines
Mar-Lee Cos. will add two injection molding machines, an 85-ton press and a 110-ton model, as part of $600,000 spent to upgrade its Leominster, Mass., plant.
The project was necessary to handle molding for a new plastic dispenser of paper to be made for Chicago-based Fort James Corp., according to Mar-Lee.
Company officials would not reveal the value of the contract or give details of the dispenser's design; however, they did say Mar-Lee plans to buy three or four more injection molding presses next year to accommodate the job.
Leominster-based Mar-Lee, which has been involved throughout the project, will assemble, decorate and package the product, according to John Gravelle, Mar-Lee's president and chief executive officer.
The contract will help Mar-Lee's injection molding division grow about 25 percent in 1998, he said.