Climax buys maker of blow mold equipment
HAMILTON, OHIO — Cincinnati-based Blow Molding Automation Specialists Inc. has been acquired by the Climax Packaging Machinery unit of G.L. Industries Inc.
Blow Molding Automation has moved to Climax Packaging's 18,000-square-foot plant in Hamilton. John McNamara, founder and former president of Blow Molding Automation, will continue at Climax as technology director.
The deal, for undisclosed terms, was announced Aug. 24.
McNamara founded the company in 1992. The firm makes finishing equipment for industrial and packaging-related blow molding.
McNamara said the industrial blow molding business kept the company busy, and took time away from the packaging side. He tried without success to hire more skilled blow molding technical people. Selling to Climax solves both problems, he said.
Climax Packaging makes systems that put finished containers into cases. The company also makes custom-made equipment.
Including the acquisition, Climax employs 22 people, McNamara said.
EAP selling Caccias in the U.S., Canada
ERIE, PA. — An Italian maker of rotational molding machines, Caccia Engineering SpA, has started selling machines to the United States and Canada through EAP Machinery Systems Inc. in Erie.
This fall, EAP Machinery will move from its 1,500-square-foot offices to a 5,000-square-foot building in Erie. Lee Johannesmeyer, secretary/treasurer, said the facility will house a Caccia rotomolder for demonstrations.
Caccia, based in Samarate, Italy, near Milan, makes rotomolders, extrusion systems, turbomixers and equipment for handling, drying, mixing and conveying plastic materials.
Caccia will exhibit at three upcoming shows: the Association of Rotational Molders Australia show in Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 21-23; the ARM Fall Meeting in Dallas, Oct. 18-20; and K'98 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Oct. 22-29.
Fanuc Robotics adds plants in 3 countries
ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH. — A robot smashed a bottle of champagne to christen Fanuc Robotics North America Inc.'s new, 40,000-square-foot regional plant in Mason, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati.
The new building replaces an 18,000-square-foot facility in Cincinnati, which Fanuc Robotics had occupied since 1993.
The Rochester Hills firm also is expanding in Latin America, with a new, 10,000-square-foot plant in SÃo Paulo and its second plant in Mexico, in Aguascalientes.
Fanuc Robotics North America, a unit of Japan's Fanuc Ltd., runs 11 facilities in North America and Latin America.