Xaloy opens Czech Republic screw plant
OLTEN, SWITZERLAND - Xaloy AG, which earlier this year closed its screw manufacturing plant in Rorbas, Switzerland, announced it will build a 17,800-square-foot plant to make screws in Vrno, the Czech Republic.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for November, with production expected to start eight months after that.
Xaloy moved production from the outdated plant in Rorbas, near Zurich, to two other plants in Seabrook, N.H., and Chon Buri, Thailand. That left the company with no screw production near the key European markets of Germany and Austria, both members of the European Union, noted Xaloy spokeswoman Claudia Streuli.
The Czech Republic is to join the EU in 2004. Switzerland is not in the EU, and that played a role in the decision to locate the new plant in the Czech Republic, she said.
Xaloy said it will continue to make bimetallic barrels at its headquarters factory in Olten.
Wesflex Pipe shutters Nebraska factory
SHASTA LAKE, CALIF. - Wesflex Pipe Manufacturing Inc. has closed its facility in Beatrice, Neb.
The Shasta Lake-based polyethylene pipe extruder officially ceased operations at the 25,000-square-foot facility about three months ago, said Linda Christle with Gage County (Nebraska) Economic Development.
The firm opened the facility in 2000, leasing it from the county, Christle said in an Oct. 4 telephone interview.
``It didn't have anything to do with the quality of the company or anything like that,'' she said. Rather, Wesflex did not diversify enough to sustain the telecommunications collapse. The plant produced fiber-optic conduit with about 20 employees at its peak.
Wesflex officials did not return calls seeking comment.
The firm operates eight extrusion lines at Shasta Lake, with 12 million pounds of annual throughput capacity, according to information from its Web site. Privately held Wesflex has made products such as garden hoses and flag poles, but specializes in telecommunications conduit and water pipe. Christle said the firm opened its current headquarters location in 1989.
Freudenberg-NOK buys Teflon seal maker
PLYMOUTH, MICH. - Plymouth-based Freudenberg-NOK GP has purchased High Quality Plastics Inc. of Findlay, Ohio, for undisclosed terms.
High Quality Plastics manufactures Teflon seals for the automotive industry and has annual sales of $15 million. The acquisition doubles Freudenberg-NOK's presence in that category of seals, said Richard Allen, automotive sector chief executive officer.
The Findlay firm employs 130 at its 52,000-square-foot plant. About 100 of the employees are represented by the United Auto Workers.
Global Plastics expanding Indiana facility
INDIANAPOLIS - Global Plastics Inc. is investing about $1.5 million to more than double its space in Indianapolis.
This month, the firm is moving 21/2 miles into a 40,000-square-foot building, from an 18,000-square-foot location.
Global employs about 50 and supplies engineering, design, toolmaking, injection molding and value-added services. In the new location, molding and assembly operations will occupy 22,000 square feet, and tooling-related functions 10,000 square feet.
Situating ``art to part'' services in a single location gives Global Plastics control of its destiny, said President J.R. Spitznogle. He and a cousin, Jim Spitznogle, started the privately held business with one machine in 1992.
Global is moving nine presses including a newly acquired, 40-ton Nissei. The machines have clamping forces of 40-320 tons.
An emphasis on shorter time to market, particularly for medical customers, recently permitted Global to create a hand-held glucose test meter in six weeks - from styling to molded parts. The firm also serves markets for automotive, electronics, consumer products and business equipment.
Global Plastics increased sales nearly 25 percent through August compared with the comparable 2001 period and was on track to exceed $4.6 million for 2002 sales.