Modern Machinery expands Mich. plant
BEAVERTON, MICH. — Demand for king-sized rotary thermoformers is prompting Modern Machinery Inc. of Beaverton to launch a $300,000 expansion.
``They take up a lot of floor space,'' said Thomas Pohlman, Modern Machinery president.
The firm has 24,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Beaverton, Mich. Pohlman said the expansion will add another 26,000 square feet. The addition will have a crane, higher ceilings and pits in the floor, needed to build and move the larger machines.
Pohlman said Modern Machinery plans to add 15-20 new jobs. Twenty-five people work there now.
Customers use the big rotary presses to form truck bed liners, parts for appliances, and bathtubs. Rotary machines have faster cycle times than standard cut sheet lines, he said. The company's machines have optional electric platens. Electric rotate is standard. The machines also boast an improved computer control package.
The company plans to break ground on the expansion this fall or by next spring, Pohlman said.
He said sales have grown 25 percent for the past two years. The privately held company does not release sales figures.
Pohlman said the expansion is the largest in the firm's 16-year history.
Indelpro signs 10-year propylene contract
MEXICO CITY — Mexico's state-owned oil corporation, Petroleos Mexicanos, agreed to supply propylene to polypropylene producer Indelpro SA de CV as part of a 10-year contract signed Oct. 29, Pemex said.
Indelpro will use the raw materials for its new $40 million plant at Altamira, which is scheduled to start operations at the end of 1999.
Indelpro is co-owned by Montell Polyolefins, which holds 49 percent, and Alpek, the petrochemical branch of the Monterrey, Mexico, holding company, Grupo Alfa. Indelpro currently produces 440 million pounds per year of PP at its Altamira plant.
The contract with Pemex will give the firm a competitive advantage in raw materials, Rodolfo Garcia, Indelpro's director of administration, said Oct. 30 in a telephone interview from his Monterrey office.
Kuwait chemical firm launches production
SHUAIBA, KUWAIT — Equate Petrochemical Co., a joint venture of Union Carbide Corp. and Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Co., has launched commercial production of polyethylene, ethylene and ethylene glycol at its petrochemical complex in Shuaiba.
The ethane cracker will be able to produce 1.43 billion pounds of ethylene, 990 million pounds of PE and 770 million pounds of ethylene glycol annually.
The $2 billion complex is expected to serve the Far East, Middle East and Europe.