Loxcreen buys extruder Oregon Polymer
HUBBARD, ORE. — Loxcreen Co. Inc. has expanded its profile extrusion business to the West Coast by acquiring Oregon Polymer Systems Inc. for undisclosed terms.
Oregon Polymer, in Hubbard, extrudes a variety of profiles and tubing from high density polyethylene, polyurethane, PVC, polycarbonate, ABS and other materials, said Ben Abbott, former president and part owner. Its markets include forestry, millitary, sporting goods, fencing and transportation.
Loxcreen bought the company mainly to enter markets in the West, said spokeswoman Kay McCord. She said the Hubbard facility operates 12 extrusion lines and is a smaller business than Loxcreen's Brooklet, Ga., custom vinyl extrusion operation, which has 19 extruders. She did not discole Oregon Polymer's sales but said Brooklet makes up about 10 percent of Loxcreen's annual total of about $70 million. Loxcreen does aluminum extrusion in Roxboro, N.C.; Hayti, Mo.; and West Columbia, S.C.
Ben Abbott will continue with the 16-year-old Hubbard operation in an as-yet-undetermined role.
Ashton purchases West Lake Plastics
XENIA, OHIO — Ashton Plastic Products Inc. boosted its stake in thermoset molding by acquiring West Lake Plastics Inc. of Akron, Ohio. It also is acquiring two new rotary injection presses from New Pacific Machinery Inc. of Trenton, Tenn.
Ashton has begun moving West Lake's 11 thermoset presses to Ashton's Xenia headquarters plant. Ashton, which expanded its plant to 20,000 square feet earlier this year, already has 19 thermoset presses for compression and resin transfer molding and three thermoplastic presses with clamping forces to 200 tons. West Lake's thermoset polyester capability will be new to Ashton, which has focused on phenolics.
Ashton sales and marketing manager Bill Nassmacher said terms of the Aug. 27 West Lake purchase were not available. West Lake's former owner, Charles Fuller, decided to retire.
Nassmacher estimated West Lake's sales at $1 million, less than half what Ashton will achieve with its current customer base this year. Ashton supplies parts for appliances, electrical goods, compressors, hand tools and other applications.
Albis Canada employees return to work
PICKERING, ONTARIO — Workers at compounder and distributor Albis Canada Inc. returned to their jobs Sept. 15.
About 60 unionized employees at the Pickering facility struck on Aug. 16 over disagreements on several issues. Workers represented by Canadian Auto Workers Local 1090 had been working without a contract since June 30.
Albis and union officials resumed negotiations Sept. 11 and CAW members ratified a new three-year contract over the weekend of Sept. 12, according to Local 1090 President John Gatens.
The company agreed to a C$0.40 (US$0.26) per-hour increase each year of the contract for all CAW members. Skilled workers also will get another C$0.50 (US$0.33) per-hour increase in the first year. Other issues include improved shift premiums and dental and vision-care programs and the establishment of an employee pension plan.
Unionized workers at Albis had been earning C$13 (US$8.58) to C$18 (US$11.88) an hour, excluding benefits. The recently expired, three-year labor contract was the first for the Albis plant.
Albis management had been running Pickering on a limited basis; a sister plant in Houston helped meet customer demands.
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