Nampac to mold at converted Utah plant
RALEIGH, N.C. - North America Packaging Corp. will boost its injection molded packaging capacity in western United States later this year.
Nampac recently acquired an 89,000-square-foot plant in Cedar City, Utah, which it will convert to a molding facility, said David Ray, vice president of marketing for the Raleigh-based firm. The new plant will start operating in November or December with an undisclosed number of Milacron presses with clamping forces ranging from 300-550 tons, Ray said in a telephone interview.
The Utah facility will complement Nampac's Ontario, Calif., packaging plant, cutting costs for customer shipments in Utah, Colorado and neighboring states, Ray said. Nampac chose the Utah location based on low-cost electricity and incentives from local government. He did not disclose a cost estimate of setting up the new facility.
The Cedar City plant will be Nampac's 10th in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
AGAmex moves, adds molding machines
TIJUANA, MEXICO - AGAmex SA de CV has added injection molding machines to meet customer requirements and has moved to a bigger plant.
The maquiladora in Tijuana received a new, 120-ton Toshiba machine in June.
``We were short of machines,'' said Anton Gattiker, president of parent firm AGA Manufacturing Inc. of San Diego. He attributed the shortage in part to overflow molding AGAmex has been doing for Mattel Inc.'s Mabamex SA maquiladora in Tijuana.
AGAmex in October began insert molding the popular Black Widow golf cleats for Softspikes Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., on a dedicated, 125-ton, Engel vertical machine. In April, AGAmex brought in a second, comparable Engel. At the U.S. Open Championship last month, 55 players wore the Black Widow cleats, which are molded of Estane thermoplastic polyurethane and Pellethane TPU elastomer.
In January, AGAmex relocated to a 70,000-square-foot facility, from a 55,000-square-foot site also in Tijuana. The firm, launched in 1991, employs 400 and operates 24 presses with clamping forces of 30-400 tons.
Davis-Standard sells Versa line to Jeda
PAWCATUCK, CONN. - Davis-Standard Corp. has sold its Versa line of downstream extrusion equipment to an Indianapolis-based company, Jeda Equipment Services Inc., which has done sales and service for Versa products for 14 years.
Versa pullers and cutters are used to make medical tubing, plastics and rubber profiles and plastic pipe. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Versa President Dave Cortner said Jeda has set up a separate factory in Elkhart, Ind., to manufacture the equipment. The 5,000-square-foot plant will employ about eight people, he said.
Jeda's relationship with Versa goes back to the days when Versa was an independent company. Killion Extruders Inc. bought Versa Machinery Co. in 1994, then Killion itself was acquired by Davis-Standard.
Davis-Standard was making Versa pullers and cutters at its large Somerville, N.J., factory, which makes a variety of other products. Jeda will continue to supply Versa products to Davis-Standard.
Nexpak closing CD-case facility in Calif.
NORTH CANTON, OHIO - Media packaging maker Nexpak Corp. will downsize its production of compact-disc jewel boxes by closing its facility near Sacramento, Calif.
The North Canton-based company plans to shutter the 93,000-square-foot facility in El Dorado Hills, Calif., as soon as a buyer is found for the building and 10 acres of surrounding land, Vice President of Marketing Jim Peterson said July 19. Nexpak's majority owner, New York-based Palladium Equity Partners LLC, is conducting the sale.
Production will continue at the California plant for at least the next 90 days, Peterson said. About 285 employees are affected by the closure. As much as $20 million in molding equipment will be shifted to Nexpak facilities in Portland, Ore.; Duluth, Ga.; and Helmond, the Netherlands. Nexpak could not compete effectively in CD jewel cases due to rising resin costs and the global shift in business, especially to Asia, Peterson said.
``We're putting more resources toward the growing DVD market than to the shrinking CD market,'' Peterson said.
The California plant opened in April 1996 as a division of Atlanta Precision Molding Inc. Palladium bought the plant, formerly known as California Precision Molding, in January 1999.