Action Mold moving expects to expand
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Action Mold & Machining Inc. hopes to expand after moving to a larger facility in Grand Rapids.
Action completed the move Aug. 17, three addresses away from its previous facility. The new location has enhanced features including an overhead crane that will allow it to build and repair larger injection molds.
The city of Grand Rapids recently recommended a tax abatement to spur Action to buy a horizontal boring mill, a larger computer numerically controlled vertical milling machine, a CNC electric discharge machining unit and a larger surface grinder. The state of Michigan is reviewing the tax request.
The firm recently added three production staff members and said it will hire four more if it proceeds with the expansion.
Fired Ferry workers return to their jobs
STOW, OHIO — Eight of the 12 workers fired by Ferry Industries Inc. in June after walking off their jobs have returned to work, under a July 31 agreement between the rotational molding machinery maker and United Paperworkers International Union Local 7607.
The other four terminated Ferry workers have found work at other companies, Ferry said.
The 12 employees left the Stow headquarters plant June 3, after complaining of fumes in the building.
But Ferry said the walkout happened right after a union meeting that day to discuss work rules, making it an illegal work stoppage. An Akron testing firm found the plant was safe.
The firm and union issued a joint statement pledging to resolve differences that led to the conflict. Ferry converted the terminations to suspensions without pay.
``It's always unfortunate to have to confront the union over such matters, but we really had no choice,'' Ferry President W. Harry Covington Jr. said in a written statement. ``This resolution is good for the company. Plus, we're pleased to have eight experienced guys back at work, and that's good for all of us.''
Dollins Tool, Glendan forming partnership
INDEPENDENCE, MO. — Two mold makers that focus on thin-wall injection molds have formed an alliance to help them expand in global markets.
Dollins Tool Inc. of Independence and Glendan Mould Inc. of Toronto said the alliance was effective July 1.
The two firms have worked together for a few years. They said they see the alliance as a way to strengthen their global aims.