Ky. molder relocating, adding 9 presses
HENDERSON, KY. — Vincent Industrial Plastics Inc. is expanding injection molding capacity and moving to a larger facility.
The Henderson-based firm is buying nine reconditioned Van Dorn presses with clamping forces of 75-300 tons, President James Vincent said in a telephone interview. The company will install the machines in its new operation in Henderson, where it is relocating all its manufacturing and offices by April 5.
Vincent said his firm bought a former Aeroquip Corp. facility that was closed a few years ago, and has been renovating it since December. At 275,000 square feet, the plant is more than twice as large as the company's current operation. Vincent did not disclose the cost of buying and renovating the building.
Vincent Industrial bought the Aeroquip operation to improve efficiency and allow for growth. Its main market is automotive parts, but it also molds for the appliance and electronics industries. Last year it recorded molding sales of about $12 million, up from $11.3 million in 1997.
Vincent Industrial will have 55 presses, with clamping forces of 75-1,000 tons, when its extra presses are delivered.
Mercury upgrades in extrusion, printing
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF. — Film extruder Mercury Plastics Inc. continues to expand extrusion and printing capacity in its previously announced, $10 million program.
The City of Industry-based firm said it will install a new, high-speed, three-layer extrusion line and have it running by June. The Windmoeller & Hoelscher line will be able to process metallocene and linear low density polyethylenes.
Mercury primarily will run the line to make coextruded bag and film stock for food and industrial packaging. It will be able to make barrier films and films with controlled oxygen-transmission rates. Like several other of Mercury's 14 blown extrusion lines, it will include six-color, in-line printing.
Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Deutsch said Mercury is adding a W&H Novoflex printing press. The machine has no gears or cylinders and has an infinitely variable range. Mercury will install it in May.
Deutsch also said Mercury has bought a wide-web, solventless laminator from W&H. When it starts operating in June, the laminator will expand Mercury's position in the pre-cut vegetable market and markets requiring reverse-print laminations and barrier packaging.
Schultz Container building Houston plant
HOUSTON — Schutz Container Systems Inc. is constructing a 100,000-square-foot plant in the Bayport Industrial Park in Houston, its fourth plant in the United States.
The $36.6 million facility will employ 40. The firm plans to generate about $13 million in annual sales at the plant, which should be complete by the end of the year.
Schutz Container makes high-molecular-weight high density polyethylene drums and intermediate bulk containers from three U.S. plants and had estimated North American blow molding sales of $30 million, according to Plastics News' 1998 blow molders ranking.
The German company's North American headquarters is in North Branch, N.J.
Blaze devastates Poly Products facility
DALLAS — A seven-alarm fire destroyed a polyurethane construction products plant in Dallas on March 23.
The blaze at Poly Products Inc. caused minor injuries to two employees and two firefighters. The employees were cut by barbed wire as they tried to escape from the plant's roof. About 30 employees were in the plant at the time. The Dallas Fire Department estimated damage at $2 million, but a report in the Dallas Morning News said it could exceed $5 million.
Dallas Fire Department spokeswoman Barbara Block said the exact cause was unknown but it appeared a welder's cutting torch ignited debris. The plant's sprinkler system was not working and the fire spread quickly.
Thick smoke caused levels of toxic hydrogen cyanide to reach 11 parts per million in the area, a level that can cause headache and dizziness. It took firefighters eight hours to extinguish the fire, which started at about 10:35 a.m.
Poly Products owners Bob and Becky Powers could not be reached for comment, but the Dallas Morning News reported they plan to rebuild the operation.