Pa.'s Nursery Supplies opens container plant
KISSIMMEE, FLA. - Nursery Supplies Inc., a Chambersburg, Pa., producer of blow molded, injection molded and thermoformed agricultural containers, recently opened a 116,000-square-foot facility in Kissimmee.
The $8 million plant replaces an 83-employee plant that NSI acquired about a year ago when it merged with Mobile, Ala.-based Lerio Corp. At the time, Lerio closed its Reidsville, N.C., processing plant in preparation for the Kissimmee move.
The new facility started production in March and employs more than 120, said plant manager Tom Mulcahy. He would not disclose capacity or the number of machine lines in the plant.
The plant, which brings the number of NSI manufacturing sites to five, will serve regional customers with blow molded and thermoformed polyethylene agricultural containers, he said.
``By us being in Florida, we'll be able to service all of our customers here basically in their own back yards,'' Mulcahy said.
Philippines questions raised plastic tariffs
DAVAO, THE PHILIPPINES - Some business leaders in the Philippines are opposing the government's recent decision to raise tariff rates on imported plastic products. The rates were raised to 15 percent from 7-10 percent and are set to rise to 25 percent.
In a position paper submitted to the government, the Mindanao Business Council in Davao said the move will hurt the agricultural sector on the island of Mindanao, which accounts for more than 44 percent of the Philippine domestic food trade. Such a move will worsen poverty, the council said.
MBC Chairman Joji Ilagan Bian has stressed that the region's top export crops - bananas, pineapples and cut flowers - depend on plastic products for propping, fruit care, replanting and packaging.
The banana industry, Mindanao's top export business, uses about 35 million pounds annually of plastic seed bags, twine, banana inserts, bags and banana skirts. Bananas generated $240 million in export sales last year.
MBC estimates higher tariffs will cost the banana industry at least $2.8 million, plus $560-$800 per metric ton in cargo and freight costs. If the tariff rate reaches 25 percent, it will add at least 1 cent more to the cost of each box of freight. Since banana growers are bound by long-term contracts, they cannot pass along the increased cost, according to MBC.
Japan is the largest market for Philippine bananas, although suppliers face competition from Latin American and Asian growers.
Myers and Greif Bros. form service alliance
DELAWARE, OHIO - Myers Container Corp. of Emeryville, Calif., and Greif Bros. Corp. of Delaware have formed an alliance for container reconditioning services.
Effective July 1, Myers acquired and now operates Greif's intermediate bulk container and plastic drum reconditioning facilities in Dalton, Ga. Greif will use Myers' reconditioning services in Dalton to support Southeast customers, according to a news release.
Myers makes 8- to 85-gallon steel drums. Greif makes plastic, steel, and fiber industrial shipping containers.
Numatech expands screen-printing power
PUSLINCH, ONTARIO - Corrugated sheet converter Numatech Industries Inc. has expanded its screen-printing capabilities.
The Puslinch-based firm bought Anson Screen Printing Inc. of Waterloo, Ontario, for undisclosed terms. It will keep the nine-employee operation open as it does screen printing for corrugated sheet converted in Puslinch; Ottawa, Ill.; and Taylor, S.C. Numatech already had screen-printing capacity at its Fullerton, Calif., converting operation.
Numatech formerly relied on Anson and other firms to do screen printing for its eastern North America operations, Numatech President Brent Vickery said in a telephone interview. The Waterloo facility can handle all its needs in the east.
Numatech converts sheet into returnable and reusable packaging, signage, displays and advertising specialties. It is a subsidiary of sheet maker Matra Plast Industries Inc. of New York.
Anson formerly was owned by Pat and Murray Wills. Pat Wills will stay on during Anson's transition of becoming a division of Numatech.
Epurex consolidates two plants into one
WALSRODE, GERMANY - Epurex Films GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomer film and sheet, has reorganized and expanded by consolidating two plants into a single, larger facility.
The Walsrode-based company has concentrated operations in a 54,000-square-foot plant in Bomlitz, Germany. The company is a unit of Bayer AG of Leverkusen, Germany.
``Integrating the former Bonn [Germany] operation here in Bomlitz was a new task for us all,'' said Roland Steenblock, newly appointed production and engineering manager at the reorganized Bomlitz plant.
``With the merged operations, we have greatly improved and expanded our business as a producer of thermoplastic elastomer films. This is a major contribution toward strengthening our location and securing job,'' Steenblock said.
Steenblock, formerly manager of the Bonn plant, has been given responsibility for expanding Epurex business in Asia with support from the company's U.S. affiliate, Deerfield Urethane Inc. of South Deerfield, Mass., a manufacturer of thermoplastic urethane blown and flat-die film and sheet.