Vinyl Institute founder Gottesman dies
TOMS RIVER, N.J. — The founder and former executive director of the Vinyl Institute, Roy Gottesman, died Feb. 26 at home in Toms River. He had suffered from prostate cancer.
Gottesman, who was 72, founded VI in 1981 to deal with fire safety issues and was executive director until he retired in 1992. Previously he had been an executive at Tenneco Chemical.
"He was a true leader and a true gentleman, and everyone really enjoyed working with him and knowing him," said Tim Burns, president of Arlington, Va.-based VI.
Gottesman also was a member of the Chemical Technology Curriculum Advisory Board and the New Jersey Chemical Industry Council. He served on New Jersey's Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Commission for 12 years and on city councils and school boards in New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Cohen Gottesman, and two children.
Growing Numatech adds two locations
PUSLINCH, ONTARIO — Corrugated plastic sheet converter Numatech Industries Inc. has added two more U.S. locations.
Puslinch-based Numatech bought a company in Taylor, S.C., and opened a new facility in Ottawa, Ill. It did not disclose the size of its investments.
The South Carolina plant, formerly called Integrated Package Systems, was owned by Steve Spillman, who retains a minority interest in the business and will continue as president. It is a converting plant that mainly worked with foams. Numatech will install equipment for converting corrugated plastic sheet, Spillman said in a telephone interview. Numatech has renamed the operation Numatech Southeast LLC.
Numatech is calling its new Illinois operation Numatech Mid America LLC. Numatech had first revealed its intentions to set up in Illinois in the summer of 1999.
Spokeswoman Catherine McNabb said her company has renamed its Fullerton, Calif., plant Numatech KMP Pacific. The company acquired the business, formerly KMP Plastics LLC, in 1999.
Corrugated sheet is used to make returnable packaging and similar products. Numatech sources its sheet from parent company Matra Plast Industries Inc. of New York.
Losses force AAPC to close Ohio plant
MIAMI — American Architectural Products Corp. will close one of its window and door plants in the second quarter.
The firm will phase out production at the plant in Ottawa, Ohio, it noted in a Feb. 23 news release, because of continuing losses for the operation. AAPC general counsel Jonathan Schoenike said production will not be transferred elsewhere. The facility mainly makes wood windows but also fabricates vinyl-clad and metal building products, Schoenike said in a telephone interview from the company's head office in Miami.
AAPC filed in December for Chapter 11 protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Schoenike said the firm has no plan to close other factories, but it is evaluating all of them.
The Ottawa facility is part of AAPC's American Weather-Seal Co. subsidiary. AAPC acquired it in 1998 when it bought the American Weather-Seal division of Louisiana-Pacific Corp.
Schoenike said AAPC's Chapter 11 case is pending in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Cleveland. Officials expect to have a plan of reorganization completed and approved by the end of June.
A.L. Hyde latest Ensinger acquisition
WASHINGTON, PA. — Ensinger Industries Inc. has acquired a second company in less than a month.
The Washington-based firm bought A.L. Hyde Co., a producer of engineering resin stock shapes, for undisclosed terms, Ensinger announced Feb. 23. Earlier in February, Ensinger purchased stock shape producer Penn Fibre & Specialty Co. Inc.
The Hyde acquisition includes Hyde's plants in Grenloch and Moonachie, N.J., and Hyde subsidiaries World Plastic Extruders Inc. of Moonachie and Plastifab Industries Inc. of Montreal.
Hyde extrudes stock shapes and makes proprietary compounds out of polybutylene terephthalate, nylon reinforced with Kevlar aramid fiber, anti-static and conductive materials, and other plastics. World Plastic makes point-of-purchase displays and plastic profiles. Plastifab extrudes tubes, plates, rods and profiles.
Ensinger President W. Rick Phillips said in a news release that the purchase greatly increases Ensinger's production capacity, but officials did not disclose figures or annual sales.