OSHA investigates Rondy worker's injury
BARBERTON, OHIO — Federal and company officials are investigating a milling incident at plastics and rubber reprocessor Rondy & Co. Inc. that cost an Akron, Ohio, man both his arms.
Harland Heath, 38, went partially through a mill the night of May 20 while working at Barberton-based Rondy, a Barberton police officer said. Rondy was listed in good condition last week in an Akron hospital.
An official at the Cleveland district office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said May 26 that the agency was investigating.
Several complaints by Rondy employees involving safety conditions have been filed with the agency, but none within the past couple of years, the OSHA official said.
Comptroller Mike Jacobs said Rondy has launched an investigation, and tests on the machinery where Heath was injured showed it was working properly.
Royal group to buy rest of Ecoproducts
WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO — Royal Group Technologies Ltd. plans to acquire all of plastics recycler Royal Ecoproducts Ltd.
Royal Group, based in Woodbridge, now owns about 74 percent of the recycler, which trades on the Alberta Stock Exchange. Royal Group plans to pay one Royal Group subordinate voting share for every 10 subordinate voting shares of Ecoproducts, for a total of 671,000 subordinate voting shares of Royal Group.
Ecoproducts recycles post-industrial and post-consumer plastics, mainly polyolefins, and compression molds the materials into building products and materials-handling items at Battle Creek, Mich.
Judge orders Landis to rehire employee
SOLVAY, N.Y. — A judge has ordered thin-wall packaging injection molder Landis Plastics Inc. to reinstate an employee it fired for alleged sexual harassment.
Administrative law Judge Steven Davis ruled Landis actually fired Kathy Saumier, an employee at its Solvay plant, for her unionization activities.
Landis President Gregory Landis said in a prepared statement after the May 26 ruling that the Chicago Ridge, Ill., firm will decide on a course of action after it reviews the 126-page decision.
``Landis Plastics is committed to fair and equitable treatment for all its employees and will continue to do so as we have in the past,'' he said.
In March, a U.S. District Court ruled Landis Plastics had to reinstate Saumier and another employee. The company won a temporary stay on the ruling but lost its appeal March 31. The ruling was a preliminary one until an administrative law judge could issue a decision.
Mobil moving films to nearby complex
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Mobil Chemical Co.'s Films Division, the world's largest manufacturer of oriented polypropylene film, announced May 21 it will move its headquarters from Pittsford to its nearby technical center in Macedon, N.Y. The two offices are nine miles apart.
The lease for Mobil's 65,000 square feet of office space at Pittsford will expire next year. Kimmitt said the move will require small infrastructure improvements at Macedon.
About 160 Pittsford employees will join 100 already in Macedon. They will move in phases until the end of August 1999.
Exxon, DSM forming PP licensing pact
HOUSTON — Exxon Chemical Co. and DSM Performance Polymers have signed a joint licensing agreement to make and sell each others' compounded polypropylene for automotive uses.
Exxon will provide its Mytex Polymers from DSM's extensive European operations, while DSM will make use of Mytex's bases in Asia and North America, the companies said.
Mytex is a partnership between Exxon, headquartered in Houston, and Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Chemical Co. The engineered PP compound is produced at Mytex's 175,000-square-foot facility in Jeffersonville, Ind.
DSM, based in Sittard, the Netherlands, operates its major PP compounding facility in Genk, Belgium.