Trinity plans Va. factory's expansion
ARMONK, N.Y. - Bag maker Trinity Packaging Corp. plans to expand its plant in Rocky Mount, Va., instead of building a new plant in Clarksville, Va.
In February, Armonk-based Trinity had announced plans for a $10 million plant in Clarksville. But the company decided it needs more capacity sooner, and now plans to refurbish an existing building in Rocky Mount by August, said Jill Lawrence, spokeswoman for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership in Richmond. VEDP announced the decision May 28.
``It seemed that they made a decision and later realized that their schedule in Clarksville would not happen fast enough,'' Lawrence said. ``It was a timing issue. That is how they justified it to us.''
Trinity officials could not be reached, but VEDP said the company plans to invest $9.1 million in Rocky Mount and employ 300 at a printing and extrusion facility.
``We regret the premature selection of Clarksville,'' Trinity President Dave Williams said in the VEDP announcement. ``After further research, we came to the conclusion that Trinity's start-up schedule did not allow enough time for the construction of a new building in Clarksville.''
The Rocky Mount facility will get a $450,000 grant from the state, matched by local authorities, and $500,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity funds from the state for site improvements. The tobacco money comes from the national tobacco settlement.
The company would have received a similar amount of state funding for the Clarksville plant, but the money never was released, Lawrence said.
Carclo closing England jewel-box unit
WAKEFIELD, ENGLAND - Carclo Technical Plastics will close CTP White Knight Ltd., its money-losing jewel-box plant in Eastbourne, England, eliminating the remaining 45 jobs.
The plant cut its work force from 70 last year when it stopped producing CD jewel boxes. At the time, the company expected to pick up medical and pharmaceutical work from sister company CTP Plasro Ltd., but mounting losses nixed that plan, according to Carclo Chief Executive Officer Tez Kurwie.
The plant once ran 40 injection presses, chiefly Italian Oima machines. Last year the company scaled back to 10 presses.
Wakefield-based Carclo also has been hurt by slow demand in the telecommunications industry. Last year the company closed a plant in Inchinnan, Scotland, and shifted some work to a new plant in Brno, Czech Republic.
1 death, 9 injuries in fire at Pemex plant
POZA RICA, MEXICO - A worker was killed in a May 30 fire at Petr¢leos Mexicanos' Escolin high density polyethylene plant in Poza Rica.
The company detected a hexane leak at 8:35 a.m. Two workers were injured and seven others suffered smoke inhalation.
Pemex officials said the fire was contained before it could spread to other parts of the petrochemical complex, which is located in Veracruz state.
``It did not alter production by any means,'' a Pemex spokesman said.
Escolin is among the smallest of Pemex's petrochemical complexes. In 2000 it produced 143 million pounds of ethylene, 88 million pounds of HDPE and 70 million pounds of low density PE.
PN's rotomolders survey now online
AKRON, OHIO - Rotational molders now can download and fill out Plastics News' annual ranking form at the newspaper's Web site.
One option is to go to www.plasticsnews.com and select ``Rankings & lists'' from the navigation bar, then click on the icon for the MS Word form.
Subscribers can go directly to the document by typing in www.plasticsnews.com/subscriber/rankings/RotoForm.doc.
Forms must be received by June 24. The file can be e-mailed to [email protected] or faxed to Plastics News' editorial office at (330) 836-2322.
A copy of the survey form was mailed to rotomolders and also appeared in the May 27 issue of Plastics News. Companies that already have filled out and returned their forms need not resubmit. Forms for other rankings will be available at the Web site later this year.