Kozak leaves milacron for Cannon USA CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA. — Bruce Kozak has left Milacron Inc. to become the president and chief executive officer of Cannon USA, which makes polyurethane processing equipment.
Kozak joined Cannon on March 1, said R. Brooks Hammer, who moves from Cannon's president and CEO spot to become chairman. Hammer said he is still active in managing the firm.
Cannon USA is based in Cranberry Township, north of Pittsburgh. Its factory in nearby Zelienople makes PU equipment and complete manufacturing systems for appliances. Employment at the factory ranges from from 125-175, Hammer said.
Kozak was one of the architects of Milacron's Wolfpack strategy, which helped Milacron withstand an onslaught of low-priced machines from Japan in the mid-1980s.
Hermann Plank has replaced Kozak as managing director of Ferromatik Milacron's U.S. operations in Cincinnati. He had been director of sales and marketing at the firm's main plant in Malterdingen, Germany.
Cannon USA is the U.S. unit of Italy's Cannon Group. Cannon Group also owns an injection press maker in Italy, Sandretto Industrie SpA. Cannon's Zelienople factory is just starting U.S. assembly of Sandretto machines, on a limited basis, Hammer said. He said Kozak is running Cannon, not Sandretto, and Sandretto will continue to have separate management.
BP Amoco settles cancer lawsuit
LONDON — BP Amoco plc on March 14 settled five of six lawsuits filed on behalf of former employees who contracted brain cancer after working at the firm's research center in Naperville, Ill.
BP Amoco, a London-based oil giant that also ranks as one of the world's largest polypropylene makers, declined to provide details on the settlements. All but one of the six employees involved in the suits is deceased.
The six plaintiffs all worked for Amoco Corp. — acquired by BP in 1998 — for an average of 17 years. They were exposed to ionizing radiation and n-hexane, a solvent used in the polymerization of ethylene, propylene and elastomers.
A 1999 study done by researchers from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Johns Hopkins University concluded that the six cases were workplace-related, but that 13 other tumor cases were not.
Rubbermaid adds FRP waste containers
WINCHESTER, VA. — Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC is diversifying its waste-container business by adding metal and fiberglass-reinforced composite products.
The Winchester-based division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. bought the product lines of All Around Receptacle on March 6 from Intrex LLC of Danbury, Conn. All Around makes fiberglass and aluminum products in Danbury and contracts out stainless-steel and aggregate container production in China.
Rubbermaid Commercial makes thermoplastic waste containers made by rotational molding, structural foam molding and powder coating. It also makes fiberglass-based containers.
Trial resumes for Bud bottled in PET
ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. acknowledged March 16 that it has restarted its trial of PET beer bottles.
The St. Louis brewer is selling Budweiser and Bud Light in PET bottles in Houston and several markets in Florida. The trial will expand to at least 20 more markets in the next month.
"Our plastic bottles will be available in sports and entertainment venues and at special events in those markets," the company said.
Anheuser-Busch officials would not elaborate, but an official with its PET bottle supplier, Constar Inc., said the beer comes in a three-layer amber bottle with inner and outer layers of virgin PET and Constar's oxygen-scavenger barrier in the middle.
The design includes a metalized label and an aluminum cap, said Alan Silverman, director of business development for Constar, a unit of Crown Cork & Seal Co. Inc. in Philadelphia.
Steve Babinchak, president of PET recycler St. Jude Polymers in Frackville, Pa., said Anheuser-Busch is exploring changing the label and cap to make the bottle easier to recycle.
Babinchak, who is co-chair of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers' technical committee, said, "the good news is they are willing to work with us."
Silverman said the bottles could incorporate as much as 35 percent recycled PET in a fourth layer that would not be exposed to the beer.