Husky building Ontario training facility
TORONTO — Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. plans to build a training center near its Bolton, Ontario, headquarters.
Husky could spend as much as C$15 million (US$10.6 million) on the center, estimated John Pocock, the firm's director of training. The center will train Husky staff and customers in injection molding technology, he said in a telephone interview. Husky also will develop portable training products for remote customers unable to travel to the Bolton area northwest of Toronto.
Pocock said the center will include classrooms, workshops and residences to house visitors. Its design will be sensitive to neighborhood and environmental issues.
Husky hopes to open the center before the end of 1998, but timing will depend on local approvals and how fast architects can develop a design balancing environmental and training concerns, said Pocock.
Pocock said Husky is in discussions with the local community, but he did not confirm a Toronto Star report that Husky President Robert Schad proposed the project to King Township officials in a Dec. 12 meeting.
Husky donates 5 percent of its pretax profit to environmental and charitable causes each year. Its Bolton plant is landscaped with native vegetation grown without herbicides or pesticides.
Laich plant resumes operations after fire
OTTAWA, KAN. — Ten days after firefighters battled 15 hours to put out a fire at Laich Industries Corp.'s Ottawa plant, the injection molding facility resumed operations, said owner Walter Laich.
No one was injured in the fire, and insurance adjustors still are assessing the firm's losses, Laich said in a Dec. 11 telephone interview from the company's Cleveland headquarters.
Ottawa fire officials have said the Nov. 16 blaze may have been caused by a light bulb being put into an incompatible fixture.
Six workers were in the 100,000-square-foot building on the Sunday evening when the fire began. The plant normally employs 75-80, according to Laich, who said the facility produces plastic hangers and other houseware items. The plant operates 14 injection molding machines with clamping forces of 200-725 tons.
Laich said no workers were let go as a result of the fire. Contractors were brought in immediately for restoration work on the building, and by Nov. 26 the plant was back in operation.
Laich also operates an injection molding plant and distribution center in Phoenix. Annual sales are ``$20 million plus,'' he said.
Investors buy Mija's molding operations
NASHUA, N.H. A group of investors bought Mija Precision Inc. on Dec. 5 and changed the Nashua custom injection molder's name to Pentec LLC.
Pentec sales manager Joel Beaudette said the new owners want to keep their names confidential. A news release from the firm said they have experience in custom molding, materials and work at original equipment manufacturers.
Mija Corp. of Plymouth, Mass., decided to divest the molding operation to focus on its core business of fire protection equipment, Beaudette said.
Beaudette said Pentec will continue to supply molded components to Mija as well as to electronics and sporting goods firms. Pentec mainly molds engineering plastics in its 11 presses with clamping forces of 40-310 tons.
Pentec employs about 35. Officials did not disclose sales.
Feds consider flame-resistant furniture
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are considering tougher standards for flame resistance for upholstered furniture, but it does not look like they will put polyurethane foam furniture padding in the new rules.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is thinking of requiring flame retardant chemicals to be added to upholstered fabrics, including plastic fibers, but seems inclined to reject a push from fire officials to also add the chemicals to foam padding.
The National Association of State Fire Marshals — which raised the issue with the CPSC in 1993 — wrote the agency in early December asking that both the padding and the fabric be covered in flame retardant chemicals.
But the commission recommended Dec. 18 that the agency only push for the fabric to be coated, since CPSC tests indicated that flame-retardant padding does not seem to make a difference in stopping furniture fires. Final action from the commission is at least five months away.