Liquid Control builds $6 million HQ plant
NORTH CANTON, OHIO — Liquid Control Corp. is spending $6 million to build a new, 73,000-square-foot headquarters plant in North Canton.
The facility will double Liquid Control's current operation in North Canton, which manufactures precision dispensing equipment. The firm, which employs more than 110, expects to add roughly 45 workers in the next three to five years.
The new plant has extensive capabilities to help customers with process development and testing. The company's equipment is used in dispensing epoxies, polyurethanes, methacrylates, polyesters, silicones and other resins.
Polymerland adds BASF's PS materials
HUNTERVILLE, N.C.—Polymerland Inc. has added all of BASF Corp.'s polystyrene materials to its market offerings in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Polymerland of Hunterville already carries BASF's full line of Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane resins.
BASF's PS lineup includes high-heat crystal; general-purpose crystal; high-impact; Avantra specialty impact; and ignition-resistant PS resins. BASF is based in Mount Olive, N.J.
Polymerland, a subsidiary of General Electric Co., sells name-brand engineering resins, commodities, custom compounds, specialty resins and colorants.
EVC delays plans to close PVC operation
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — Europe's top PVC producer, EVC International NV, is shelving a plan to close its PVC/vinyl chloride monomer operation at Brindisi, Italy, pending a review with the group's new merger partner, Norsk Hydro ASA of Oslo, Norway.
In February, EVC of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, announced it intended to close the site, capable of producing 397 million pounds of VCM and 309 million pounds of PVC per year, by the end of 1999. The move was expected to save the company about $24.6 million.
But in July, EVC reached a preliminary agreement to merge its operations with Norsk Hydro's petrochemicals division. The newly formed company has not been named.