ADS to make HDPE pipe in El Salvador COLUMBUS, OHIO — Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. has made its manufacturing debut in the international market with a joint venture and an extrusion plant in El Salvador.
Columbus-based ADS is renovating a plant belonging to Intusa de CV of San Salvador, El Salvador. Operations should begin Feb. 1, said Tony Radoszewski, ADS director of marketing and business development.
Radoszewski would not say how many extruders will be installed, but said the 11,000-square-foot facility will make corrugated high density polyethylene pipe of 12-30 inches in diameter.
Intusa has been distributing ADS pipe to South American countries for several years, he said. Intusa also manufactures and markets its own line of PVC pipe.
Though the company has no immediate plans for expansion at home or abroad, "If all goes well, we certainly would look to more expansion," Radoszewski said.
Sate-Lite Mfg. beefing up China facility
NILES, ILL. — Sate-Lite Mfg. Co. is expanding its safety reflector plant in China.
The Niles-based company has invested nearly $2 million in the Shunde, China, injection molding facility since it opened in August. The plant now has seven Toshiba and Chen De presses with 200-500 tons of clamping force. Sate-Lite will add two more machines this fiscal quarter, said President Richard Van Deventer.
Sate-Lite established the plant primarily to supply new customers in Asia. The facility molds acrylic reflectors and other plastic parts for bicycle manufacturers in Shanghai, China; as well as Taiwan, Japan and other Far East countries. Sate-Lite is leasing the 32,000-square-foot facility, where it employs about 60.
The Shunde operation is about one-third the size of Sate-Lite's Niles plant. Like Niles, it eventually will produce reflectors for highway applications and warning devices. Niles runs 23 presses of 200-700 tons and employs about 200.
Sate-Lite is owned by Jordan Industries Inc., a diverse holding company based in Deerfield, Ill. Van Deventer did not disclose Sate-Lite's sales.
Zehrco to build $5 million Ohio plant
ASHTABULA, OHIO. — Custom molder Zehrco Plastics Inc. is consolidating its two manufacturing plants into one brand-new, $5 million facility, and will be adding new equipment.
The Ashtabula company does compression, injection and transfer molding of thermosets. The firm's two plants cover a total of 180,000 square feet of space, said Clint Jackson, Zehrco's sales and marketing director.
The specifics of the new plant — such as square footage, the number of new machines and how many new employees — still are up in the air. However, construction is slated to begin in Ashtabula in March, he said by telephone Jan. 20.
The company has not pinned down an approximate completion date, Jackson said.
The existing buildings will be sold once the new plant is finished, he said.
Zehrco will update some equipment and install new painting and compounding systems, according to Jackson.
The company serves the aerospace, construction, business-equipment and medical-equipment markets.
Ticona boosting nylon 6/6 capacity
SUMMIT, N.J. — Ticona, the engineering resins unit of Celanese AG, plans to add 25 million pounds of nylon 6/6 compounding capacity by installing a new line at its Bishop, Texas, plant in the second half of this year.
The expansion will include impact-modified, ultraviolet-light-stabilized, glass-filled and glass/mineral-filled compounds.
Summit-based Ticona's nylon business has focused on high-performance grades for the automotive, appliance and industrial markets. It runs compounding plants in Bishop and Florence, Ky.
Through October, North American nylon sales were up more than 9 percent over 1998, according to the American Plastics Council in Arlington, Va. Sales into the automotive and truck market were up more than 17 percent and accounted for almost 38 percent of total nylon sales in that period.
Ticona ranks third in North American nylon 6/6 production and compounding, trailing DuPont of Wilmington, Del., and Solutia Inc. of St. Louis.