FULTON, N.Y. — Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. has offered to buy Black Clawson Converting Machinery LLC, which builds cast film and extrusion coating machinery in Fulton, according to a published report.
In a Jan. 16 story, the Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., reported Black Clawson has received a purchase offer from Battenfeld Gloucester. The newspaper said a decision on the proposed sale was expected Feb. 10.
Both companies issued a statement about the pending deal, the newspaper said. But when questioned by Plastics News, Phil Murphree, Battenfeld Gloucester's president and chief executive officer, declined to confirm anything. "I can't make any comments at this time," he said on Jan. 26.
The Syracuse newspaper said both companies were saying that Black Clawson would retain its name, customers and plant in Fulton, where it employs 250.
Black Clawson officials did not return telephone calls for this story.
Battenfeld Gloucester, based in Gloucester, Mass., makes machines for blown and cast film, sheet, foam and reclaiming scrap materials. The company is owned by SMS AG of Dusseldorf, Germany. SMS executives have said the company wants to make acquisitions to expand their plastic machinery operations.
Black Clawson is a major force in extrusion coating machines for packaging, pressure-sensitive labels and other products.
In 1997, Black Clawson closed a factory that made Sano blown film lines in Amelia, Ohio.
Last year, Black Clawson formed an alliance with a Brazilian machinery maker, Rulli Standard Industria e Comercio de Maquinas Ltda.