Plastics News staff reporter Angie DeRosa gathered these items at the National Hardware Show, which was held Aug. 12-14 in Chicago.
Semco Plastic invests in plant expansion
Semco Plastic Co. Inc. announced it is investing nearly $3 million to expand its sole manufacturing plant by 180,000 square feet.
With the expansion, the St. Louis-based custom injection and blow molder will have a total of 400,000 square feet of space, said Mike Troin, purchasing manager. The firm will add two Milacron presses with 1,150 tons of clamping force and one 35-pound-head blow molding machine.
The move also doubles the size of the tool shop to about 12,000 square feet, according to Troin.
Semco will add a computer numerically controlled milling machine to that area, giving it a total of seven.
The company manufactures products for the medical, electronics, toys, appliance and lawn and garden industries. Officials would not disclose sales, saying only that the firm has annual growth of 3-5 percent.
The firm employs about 300 and anticipates adding 15-20 employees.
Rose Plastic USA expanding Pa. plant
Rose Plastic USA LP will invest nearly $2 million to expand its California, Pa., manufacturing facility and add injection molding machines.
Parent Rose Plastic GmbH, a Hergensweiler, Germany-based injection and blow molder, made its premier appearance at the show.
Rose Plastic USA President Ken Donahue emphasized the company's versatility; it manufactures plastic packaging for cutting tools, medical products, promotional, consumer and engineered parts markets.
``People usually associate us with the tool-cutting market,'' Donahue said in an Aug. 12 interview. ``We're trying to show our whole range.''
With a 45,000-square-foot facility housing 26 blow molding machines, Rose will add 20,000 square feet to accommodate four injection molding machines with clamping forces of 150-200 tons.
Donahue said the machines will be added in the first half of 2002.
The additional space, which is slated for the second half of 2001, also includes warehousing, he said.
The company operates manufacturing facilities throughout the world, with licensees in Japan, China and India. Donahue would not disclose company sales.
Basic Line adding production facility
With polypropylene blocks piled high with its Yaffa logo and spaghetti strainers that hook onto a kitchen sink, Basic Line Inc. explained its strategy for growth.
Most people do not know the company as Basic Line, of course, but by the brand, Yaffa, named after President Yaffa Licari.
The Perth Amboy, N.J.-based injection molder will add a permanent production facility in Dallas by next year, said Bud Lindman, executive vice president. Since May 1, the company has been in a temporary location in that city.
``We are serving large retailers, and our plan is to grow with them,'' Lindman said at the Chicago show.
Lindman would not disclose the company's sales or investment in the Dallas expansion but did say the move will increase capacity by 50 percent.
The company also plans to add a plant farther west, but Lindman would not provide details.
The clamping forces of the company's injection presses range from 250-1,000 tons.
Zag adds 2 presses to produce benches
Zag Industries Ltd. of Rosh Ha'Ayin, Israel, has added two injection presses to make an all-plastic folding workbench.
Components for the bench, which was displayed by parent company Stanley Works of New Britain, Conn., are injection molded from polypropylene and nylon on the 600- and 400-ton presses, said Guy Itzkovitchs, channel manager with Zag USA.
Stanley bought Zag three years ago. Zag runs all of its injection molding operations in Israel, he said.