Heritage Bag moving to larger facility
ATLANTA — Heritage Bag Co. has sold its Atlanta property to Hartsfield International Airport and expects to move into a new, $5.8 million building next year.
The maker and distributor of polyethylene garbage bags will move about 20 miles west to Douglasville, Ga. The new, 212,000-square-foot plant will replace the current 150,000-square-foot facility. Heritage intends to add a few extrusion lines, although it did not disclose exact numbers.
Heritage has to be out of its building by the end of April and construction on the new plant is not complete. The company was lured to Douglasville by tax advantages and access to railroad lines. Douglas County is offering industrial revenue bonds to help finance the plant.
Currently, the company employs 106 at the Atlanta plant. Officials declined to reveal how many lines it operates there.
Heritage, headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, operates five plants in North America with about 44 lines. The firm employs nearly 400. In Plastics News' 1998 North American film and sheet manufacturers ranking, Heritage placed 40th, with 1997 sales of $128 million.
Maclean Hunter enters plastics publishing
TORONTO — Maclean Hunter Publishing Ltd. entered the plastics trade magazine market with the Dec. 9 purchase of Plastics in Canada.
Maclean Hunter of Toronto bought Kay Publishing Co. Ltd. of Oakville, Ontario, which also published Coatings magazine. Kay Publishing was owned by Barry and Kathie Kay. Barry will continue as a consultant for Coatings and Kathie plans to retire, said Plastics in Canada Publisher Larry Bonikowsky.
Bonikowsky said Maclean Hunter's bigger resources will help his magazine launch special issues and hold a technical conference in October on emerging technologies in injection molding. Existing staff will remain with Plastics in Canada and will relocate to Maclean Hunter's downtown Toronto offices by the end of January.
Bonikowsky did not disclose terms of the sale, which closed Dec. 9. Maclean Hunter publishes a range of trade and consumer magazines.
Second study disputes `low-dose theory'
WASHINGTON — The plastics industry Dec. 10 released a second study that contradicts the controversial ``low-dose theory'' for endocrine disruption for bisphenol A, a key building block of polycarbonate.
The study dovetails with an industry study released in October that also was unable to reproduce the low-dose theory. That theory, based on research from the University of Missouri, found endocrine disruption effects from BPA in lab animals at doses much lower than established safe levels.
If researchers can reproduce the low-dose study, it could signal problems for using PC in food applications.
The latest industry study was sponsored by the Global Bisphenol A Industry Group within the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. in Washington and the European Chemical Industry Council in Brussels, Belgium.
The new study found no effects on the reproductive organs of male rats that are the offspring of female rats exposed to BPA at 0.01, 0.1 and 1.0 and 10 parts per million in drinking water.
The Dec. 10 study used test protocol from a Scottish study that had found low-dose endocrine effects for butyl benzyl phthalate.
Officials with the World Wildlife Fund said they had not seen the study and had no immediate comment.
Sheet maker folding 5 plants into new one
SCRANTON, PA. — Laminations Inc. will consolidate its five Scranton-area sheet plants into one new facility by November.
The firm said it will spend $10.1 million to construct a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Archibald Borough outside Scranton. Operations manager Robert Dougher said the facility will be expandable to 500,000 square feet.
Laminations also will invest about $5 million in new extrusion, compression molding and fabrication equipment to double sheet capacity within a year of the move, Dougher said in a telephone interview. He did not disclose extrusion capacity or sales for the privately held firm.
Dougher said his company does in-house fabrication and sells to outside converters. Consolidating five plants into one will improve efficiency, he said.