Falcon Plastics Inc. has started blow molding operations about a month after it acquired assets of bankrupt Mac Plastics Inc.
Falcon plans to start production with 10 or 12 machines with shot sizes of 3-20 pounds at the former Mac facility in Washington, Pa., where it was based. Falcon has 28 blow molding machines, but will sell most to generate operating capital, said Jason DiNardo, national sales manager. Washington-based Falcon also will occupy part of the 600,000-square-foot facility and lease out the rest, DiNardo said in a telephone interview.
Seasonal products firm Grand Venture Ltd. is Falcon's first major customer, Falcon said June 16. Houston, Pa.-based Grand Venture sells blow molded Christmas and other items to major retailers. Falcon said it has machine time available. It also performs decorating and assembly.
Falcon plans to hire as many as 100 workers for the Washington operation within six months. Human resources manager Angelo Morascyzk said the plant is not unionized. He was not sure if workers plan to organize. Officials at United Steelworkers of America, Mac's former union, were unavailable. An abundance of skilled workers from the Mac shutdown made it easier to start the plant quickly, Falcon said.
Falcon was formed to buy Mac. Falcon's major owners are Washington lawyer Edward Morascyzk and Angelo Falconi. Angelo Morascyzk is Edward's brother. Jason DiNardo is the son of Rudy DiNardo, Mac's former president and majority owner, and now Falcon's manufacturing and engineering director.
Falcon bought Mac's assets May 12 out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for more than $2.5 million. In a separate deal, it also bought the Mac facility. Mac had 375 employees at the time. Mac filed for Chapter 7 protection in February, when it owed $6 million to National City Bank of Pittsburgh and another $6 million to unsecured creditors.