Nebraska Mold expanding site, capacity
LINCOLN, NEB. — Nebraska Mold is expanding injection molding capacity to meet demand for small and medium-size precision parts.
The Lincoln-based firm increased floor space more than 60 percent to 20,000 square feet and plans to install two new presses, bringing its total to 14, said Vice President Scott McLain. He did not disclose cost of the expansion.
Nebraska Mold supplies parts to electronics, consumer products and automotive firms. A division of Garner Industries Inc., Nebraska Mold was acquired in 1992 when it was mainly a mold-building shop with one press. Garner designs and builds injection molds, McLain said in a telephone interview.
Nebraska Mold also provides secondary services. The extra space will allow it to move out of rented space it had used for assembly.
The firm mainly molds engineering resins in its presses, which have clamping forces of 35-250 tons. It employs 50 and is owned by Philip Mullin, also its president. McLain did not reveal sales figures.
GE agrees to $200 million Mass. cleanup
PITTSFIELD, MASS. — General Electric Corp. has tentatively agreed to pay $200 million to clean up polychlorinated biphenyls and other hazardous substances it dumped in the Housatonic River, under an agreement announced by federal regulators Sept. 24.
A GE spokesman said the settlement should prevent Pittsfield — the headquarters of GE Plastics — from being named a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA officials could not be reached, but the agency has said in the past it would name the area in Pittsfield a Superfund site if the parties could not reach an agreement.
The settlement includes GE cleaning up a half-mile section of the river nearest its plant, and paying for much of an EPA cleanup of another 1.5 miles of river bottom. GE also will clean up other parts of the river and a nearby school, and spend several-million dollars redeveloping a portion of the plant, federal officials said.
The agreement was reached with the EPA and the Department of Justice.
Clinton signs recycling executive order
WASHINGTON — President Clinton signed a buy-recycled executive order this month designed to put more teeth into a 1993 policy.
The document, touted by the White House as a way for the federal government to spur the market for recycled goods, stresses an implementation strategy that will hold agencies more accountable for what they buy.
The Sept. 14 executive order calls on agencies to set recycling goals and creates a steering committee to oversee implementation.
``The ultimate proof will be in how well that is carried out,'' said Richard Denison, senior scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund. ``The first executive order was supposed to be followed, and it largely wasn't until the last year or so.''
Denison expressed concern the order does not focus enough on how to improve federal agency procurement of recycled-content items other than paper.
``This is still extremely undeveloped — that aspect of the executive order was not carried out very effectively in the first round, and I don't see a lot here that will necessarily be an improvement,'' he said.
University offers PET seminar in Atlanta
ATLANTA — The University of Toledo (Ohio) is offering a PET technology seminar Oct. 26-28 in Atlanta.
Saleh Jabarin, director of the Polymer Institute and a professor of chemical engineering at the university, will lead the PET seminar.
The course is designed for processing and packaging engineers, production and quality-control managers, designers, chemists, chemical engineers, technical managers and service personnel, and recyclers that produce resin, films and bottles.
More information is available by contacting Michelle White at tel. (419) 321-5138, fax (419) 321-5112 or e-mail [email protected] utnet.utoledo.edu.