AEC Inc. hires plastics veteran Downie WOOD DALE, ILL. — Auxiliary equipment maker AEC Inc. announced today it has named John P. Downie, the former president of Conair Franklin, to a newly created position of executive vice president, sales and marketing.
Downie will be responsible for global sales and marketing of AEC's products, including mold temperature controllers, chillers, materials-handling equipment, dryers, blenders, robots and granulators. Among the brand names made by the Wood Dale-based company are AEC, Sterling, Cumberland and HydReclaim.
>From 1991-97, Downie was president of Conair Franklin in Franklin, Pa., a unit of AEC competitor Conair Group. Most recently, he was executive vice president of Arburg Inc., an injection molding machinery supplier in Newington, Conn.
Downie was a machinery sales representative before he joined Conair. He also held injection molding-related management posts at Gillette Co. in Boston; GW Plastics Inc. in Bethel, Va.; Asheville Plastics in Asheville, N.C.; and GTE Sylvania in Titusville, Pa.
AEC is owned by St. Louis-based Harbour Group Ltd.
Royal building Nev. industrial complex
WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO — Royal Group Technologies Inc. began construction May 17 on the first of four manufacturing plants to be built in a Sparks, Nev., industrial complex.
The 330,000-square-foot facility will replace the nearby, 250,000-square-foot facility of vinyl-window profile, decking and fencing board extruder Royal Sierra Extrusions Inc., said Mark Badger, vice president of corporate communications.
Construction on the new facility should be completed by the end of the year, he said. Royal's five-year plan includes building three more plants at that complex to manufacture various vinyl building products. Total manufacturing space at the 68-acre site will top 1.3 million square feet, Badger said.
Royal Group, based in Woodbridge, had 1999 sales of C$1.2 billion (US$877 million). The firm ranked first in Plastics News' 1999 ranking of North American pipe, profile and tubing extruders.
SPI extends NPE advanced registration
CHICAGO — The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has extended the deadline for advance registration for NPE 2000.
Visitors can register until June 2 and qualify for the advance discount. Advance registrants pay $30, and get a free copy of the show directory. Registration at the show costs $60 and does not include the $10 directory.
Washington-based SPI expects total registration for the June 19-23 show to exceed by far the record of 82,600 set in 1997. The show will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place complex.
Visitors can register for the show online at www.npe.org.
General Foam buys Empire holiday lines
DELRAY BEACH, FLA. — Toy producer Empire of Carolina Inc. has sold its decorative holiday and seasonal product lines to General Foam Plastics Corp. of Norfolk, Va.
Delray Beach-based Empire said the agreement includes its related machinery and equipment. The deal covers illuminated products for Christmas, Halloween and Easter.
Empire did not disclose terms of the sale. Proceeds from the deal have been used to reduce Empire's debt. The company said it sold the business to concentrate on toys, Wilson golf footwear and accessories, sports boards and accessories, and seasonal outdoor sports activity products.
Dow, BASF to attempt nylon price hikes
MIDLAND, MICH. — Dow Chemical Co. and BASF Corp. of Mount Olive, N.J., have followed DuPont's lead in announcing price increase attempts for nylon resins.
Midland-based Dow will attempt to raise prices June 1 on its Vydyne-brand nylon 6 resins by 12 cents per pound. Dow distributes nylon compounds made by Solutia Inc. for the injection molding market.
BASF will attempt a 10 percent price hike June 15 on its Ultramid-brand nylon 6 and 6/6 resins.
Officials at Dow and BASF said the increases were needed to restore profitability and for long-term reinvestment.
Market leader DuPont of Wilmington, Del., earlier had announced price increase attempts effective June 1.