CNC adds equipment, space at 3 plants
TUMWATER, WASH. — CNC Containers Corp. recently expanded its facilities in Commerce and Lathrop, Calif., and Tumwater to accommodate new equipment.
CNC manufactures PET bottles and preforms. Once the expansion program is complete, CNC will have 36 blow molding machines and 32 Husky 300- and 600-ton injection presses.
The additions, some arriving in 2000's first quarter, include two blow molding and three injection molding units in Commerce, three blow molding lines in Lathrop, one blow molding machine and two injection presses in Tumwater, and one blow molding line at another facility in Tucson, Ariz.
CNC added 120,000 square feet in Commerce for a total of 280,000 square feet; 100,000 in Lathrop for a total of 240,000; and 66,000 in Tumwater for a total of 425,000 square feet.
CNC employs about 700 and anticipates 1999 sales of at least $130 million, according to Mel White, president and chief executive officer.
Uniroyal picks up Happel Marine Inc.
SARASOTA, FLA. — Uniroyal Technology Corp. acquired Happel Marine Inc. on June 14, adding to its niche in the marine industry. Terms were not disclosed.
Happel employs 115, has annual sales of about $9 million and occupies a 60,000-square-foot facility in Rockledge, Fla. Happel makes custom marine products, such as plastic entry systems, windscreens, cabinets and doors.
Happel's capabilities complement the customer base and product mix of ViPlex Corp., a subsidiary that Uniroyal bought in May 1998. ViPlex fabricates acrylic sheet for the marine applications.
Uniroyal acquired Happel from two private investors, including one principal who will remain with the business.
Sarasota-based Uniroyal makes proprietary plastic, specialty chemical, polymer and electronic products, and reported profit of $2.4 million on sales of $220.6 million for the fiscal year ended Sept. 27.
Exide seeks buyer for plastics division
ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Exide Corp. is putting five divisions on the auction block as the battery maker continues to restructure.
Included in the planned sale is Exide's Plastics Division in Lampeter, Pa., which injection molds plastic battery casings.
The move is part of Exide Chairman Robert Lutz's focus on paying down debt and selling less-profitable businesses. The five divisions represent a significant but undisclosed percentage of the company's $2.3 billion in 1997 sales.
The planned sales follow a reassessment of Exide by Lutz, the former Chrysler Corp. vice chairman who joined Exide in December. He no longer believes Ann Arbor-based Exide should participate in every stage of battery production, a company spokesman said. Exide is the world's largest battery company and DaimlerChrysler Corp.'s chief supplier.
APC laying off recycling chief Perkins
WASHINGTON — The American Plastics Council is laying off its chief staffer providing technical assistance with recycling, citing less demand from communities for such how-to help.
Ron Perkins, recycling operations director, is being laid off July 1. Perkins said he will work as a recycling consultant, which will include some work for Washington-based APC.
APC's budget this year is flat at $41.9 million, and the group is trying to expand its services significantly in several other areas.
APC said it will be spending as much money this year as last year on its recycling field consultants, and it still retains some technical consultants on staff. The layoff does not represent a lessening of APC's recycling efforts, said Roger Bernstein, director of APC's state government affairs unit.
Phillips sells screen-printing operation
HUDSON, WIS. — Custom injection molder Phillips Plastics Corp. agreed to sell its screen-printing plant in Fredonia, Wis., to label and applique producer Dura-Tech Inc. of La Crosse, Wis.
Phillips will focus on its core molding business. It plans to close the Fredonia operation, called Graphic Technologies, by the end of August. About 73 workers at Fredonia will lose their jobs.
Dura-Tech will relocate the operation to La Crosse and could hire as many as 40 employees for the purchased business.
Phillips of Hudson had sales of $188 million for the year ended June 30, 1998.