Plastics News staff reporters Bill Bregar and Steve Toloken gathered these news items at the Plastics Show held April 7-9 in Philadelphia.
First Plastics Show nets 3,700 attendees
The Plastics Show Philadelphia, the first trade show by Traverse Lerew Group Inc., drew about 3,700 attendees during its April 7-9 run, according to Rebecca Lerew, show manager and company president.
The attendance figure does not include people from the 155 firms that exhibited, she said. About 1,100 exhibitor personnel preregistered.
Traverse Lerew's next Plastics Show will be Nov. 10-12 in Detroit.
Plastek to purchase 16 injection presses
Plastek Group will spend more than $5 million to add at least 16 injection molding machines in three locations and $1.5 million to double the size of its Master Mold mold-making shop in Erie, Pa,. this year.
Six to eight of the presses will be added to its Cos-Tech Plastics Inc. division in Leominster, Mass., and to plants in Laconia, N.H.
The rest of the equipment will go to the company's facilities in Erie.The Erie additions will include at least five two-shot machines.
The Master Mold expansion will double the size of the facility to 21,000 square feet and add 10 employees, which will give the division 45 workers, the company said. The expansion will include some equipment the firm declined to specify.
The company said it is spending $3 million on its four mold-making divisions, including the upgrade of Master Mold.
All of Plastek's tool shops are in Erie, and the company is based there.
Plastek also plans to double the size of its Erie warehouse this year to 200,000 square feet.
Quaker Plastics adds twin-screw extruder
Quaker Plastic Corp. will add its first twin-screw extrusion line by midsummer at its facility in Mountville, Pa. The thermoforming and extrusion company now has 10 extrusion lines.
The new Krauss-Maffei Corp. extruder can process 600 pounds an hour, said Mark Steller, vice president of sales and marketing at the Mountville company. The move is being pushed by demand for large part profiles, he said.
Ames doubles space, gains 12 machines
Custom injection molder Ames Industries Inc. has doubled the molding space at its sole plant, in Hershey, Pa., to 20,000 square feet.
The addition, completed in late 1997, includes 12 molding machines, giving the company 30 machines, with clamping forces to 88 tons, said Lou McCloskey, assistant plant manager.
The expansion is the result of incremental growth and the desire to seek new customers in its main markets of connectors, automotive, computers and telecommunications, he said. The facility also has a toolroom.
The privately held Hershey-based company, which does precision molding, has less than $5 million in annual sales, McCloskey said.
Boston Matthews Inc. combines sales units
Boston Matthews Inc. is combining its U.S. injection molding and extrusion sales operations and has hired a former marketing representative, J. Michael Sesher, as its new vice president of sales and marketing to be based in Dayton, Ohio.
The move will allow Boston Matthews to supply a complete line of cutters and other downstream equipment with its extruders from its offices in Norwood, N.J.
Vice President of Manufacturing Nick Steiger had managed extrusion sales but now will focus on technical issues, according to Sesher.
Boston Matthews is a subsidiary of Boston Matthews Ltd. in Worcester, England.