Commercial Plastics merges Va. facilities
BOCA RATON, FLA. — Commercial Plastics & Supply Corp. is closing one Virginia operation and merging it with another in Richmond.
The merger of its Norfolk and Richmond, Va., facilities will create a more cost-efficient operation, the company said in a news release. Commercial Plastics & Supply distributes plastic sheet, rod, tube, film and resin.
Most of the employees from the Norfolk site were transferred to Richmond. The sales staff there will serve the region from Fredricksburg, Va., to the North Carolina state line. Branch manager Les Heaton will continue to oversee Richmond operations.
Commercial Plastics & Supply, based in Boca Raton, claims to be the largest independently owned plastics distributor in the world. The company operates a network of more than 90 service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Germany, the Dominican Republic, Chile and Argentina.
Study gives molders benchmarking edge
COLUMBUS, OHIO — Injection molders can use a new bench-marking study to see how they stack up to the competition.
``Benchmarking for Plastics Injection Molders'' allows molders to compare their operations to others and identify process weaknesses, a service that can be used to improve manufacturing competitiveness.
The study, offered by the EPRI Center for Materials Fabrication in Columbus, examines business, operational and equipment measures, and allows injection molders to gain an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses on more than 100 practices, measures and performance metrics.
Each participant in the study receives a confidential report of his or her firm's ranking, relative to the sample group as a whole, according to a CMF news release.
The Center for Materials Fabrication is a research and development center of EPRI. Established in 1973 as the Electric Power Research Institute, EPRI is a nonprofit research consortium.
To participate in the study, or for more information, contact Mike Carter at (614) 421-3440.
Rightpak seeking equity partnership
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Rightpak International Corp., a subsidiary of San Miguel Corp., is negotiating for a foreign partner to make an equity investment in the firm.
Although no definite agreement has been reached, Rightpak confirmed that it has been holding discussions with a foreign investor to explore an alliance.
Manila-based Rightpak's packaging business suffered in the first half of 1998 as a result of the Asian currency crisis, plus high interest rates and raw material prices. Last year, its sales volume of plastic crates and pallets increased 14 percent.
SMC's packaging products division has cut fixed costs and negotiated discounts and concessions from suppliers. SMC said it has maintained its 79 percent share of the domestic plastic crate industry. SMC expects slower growth in Southeast Asia this year as the effects of the currency turmoil probably will dampen overall economic growth.
Star Container Co. has become the 27th member of the National Association for PET Container Resources. NAPCOR of Charlotte, N.C., promotes the use and recycling of PET plastic. PET container maker Star of Phoenix, Ariz., sells to the food, beverage and housewares markets.
Pak Sak Industries, a Sparta, Mich., maker of flexible packaging, recently joined the Plastic Bag Association. Pak Sak, a Maxco Inc. subsidiary, makes flexible packaging products for the retail, medical, industrial and food industries. New York-based PBA is set to become a business unit of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington.