Alcoa expanding Texas extrusion plant
PITTSBURGH - Alcoa Building Products Inc. is investing $1.8 million to expand its Denison, Texas, extrusion plant.
The Pittsburgh-based vinyl siding producer will install four lines, said Greg Boatwright, director of vinyl operations.
``It's a significant expansion for us,'' he said by telephone July 10. ``Business has been very strong and we're just adding capacity to support that.''
Boatwright would not disclose the current number of extrusion lines in the 350,000-square-foot facility, which serves the Midwest and West. The project is to be complete by the end of August.
Alcoa has operated the plant since 1985 and is one of the largest employers in the area, said Wayne Cabaniss, chairman of the Denison Development Alliance. The firm will add more than 60 workers.
In Plastics News' 2002 ranking, Alcoa had $220 million in estimated vinyl profile extrusion sales. The firm operates one other extrusion plant, in Stuarts Draft, Va.
Intec expands AI venture to meet orders
PALATINE, ILL. - Injection molder Intec Group Co. is expanding its joint venture in Palatine to meet rising orders for automotive parts.
AI Technologies LLC will spend about $1 million to add 12 new Nissei presses in Palatine during the next six months, said Intec President Steve Perlman. AI is a venture formed early this year between Palatine-based Intec and Amtech International Group of Southfield, Mich. The venture will buy presses with clamping forces of 120-200 tons and add them to its current roster of 18 presses with 30-400 tons.
Perlman said the new presses will help support growth of more than 25 percent in AI's sales next year. Most of the extra business is with Delphi Automotive Systems Corp., but its sales to Robert Bosch GmbH also will grow, he said in a telephone interview from Palatine. The new business mainly comprises mechanical and under-the-hood components.
Intec also announced that all its operations, including facilities in Tianjin, China, and Singapore, recently received QS 9000 and ISO 9002 certifications.
PN's parent buys Workforce magazine
DETROIT - Crain Communications Inc., parent of Plastics News, will acquire Workforce magazine effective July 19.
Detroit-based Crain is buying the Costa Mesa, Calif., publication from family-owned ACC Communications Inc. Workforce, which is published monthly, covers news, trends and analysis of interest to human resources executives. The publication also has 275,000 registered subscribers to its Web site, www.work force.com, plus a weekly e-mail newletter.
The publication, which employs 20, will remain in Costa Mesa.
Honda boosting molding at Ala. site
LINCOLN, ALA. - Honda Motor Co. Ltd. will increase in-house injection molding at its Lincoln carmaking plant as part of a $425 million expansion that will double production at the site.
The Tokyo-based automaker said July 9 it plans to boost overall production in North America to 1.4 million vehicles annually by late 2004, from 1.22 million, to meet climbing demand for its cars and trucks.
Lincoln, the home of Honda's newest assembly plant, will house a duplicate assembly line to mirror existing output, while the injection molding, metal-stamping, die casting and machining operations will see existing capacity increased to supply the second line. Honda did not provide exact expansion plans for the molding unit. The Lincoln site now has annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles.
The carmaker also will hike production at Alliston, Ontario, to 195,000 vehicles annually, from 170,000. Honda also plans to invest $20 million in its Anna, Ohio, engine plant, increasing output there to 1.16 million units, from 1.04 million annually.
Day Glo acquires Sun pigment business
CLEVELAND - Day Glo Color Corp. of Cleveland has acquired the fluorescent pigment business of Sun Chemical Corp. for an undisclosed price.
Sun's business includes a plant in Skokie, Ill., and a line of fluorescent colors sold under the SunBrite brand name. The transaction closed July 1.
The acquisition expands Day Glo's product mix and builds business with customers it shared with Sun, Day Glo spokesman Dennis Reis said.
Day Glo, a unit of RPM Inc. of Medina, Ohio, is a major producer of fluorescent dyes, pigments and dispersions, with three U.S. plants and one in Belgium.