Mid-States' Edwards dies in plane crash
MOUNT STERLING, KY. - Mid-States Plastic Co. President Daniel J. Edwards died in an Oct. 15 plane crash in Montgomery County, Ky.
Edwards was piloting a Cessna 172 when the plane clipped a guide wire on a cellular phone tower and crashed, according to news reports. He was on his way to a business appointment in Indianapolis. A passenger, Rev. William C. Bryant, also died in the accident.
Mid-States plant manager Tom Heierbacher said in a telephone interview that Edwards ``was a great guy, a successful businessman and like a father to Mid-States employees.''
Edwards was 59 years old. His son, Mark Edwards, continues with the company as general manager.
Daniel Edwards bought Mid-States in 1984. Uponor Co. purchased the firm in 1998. Mid-States thermoforms water meter boxes and iron covers. Mid-States is headquartered in Mount Sterling and operates a plant in Conroe, Texas.
Tyco's Mexico unit moves equipment to U.S.
TLALNEPANTLA, MEXICO - An employee at Tyco Electronics Mexico SA de CV in Tlalnepantla, on the northwest outskirts of Mexico City, confirmed the plant moved equipment to the United States in September.
The worker confirmed industry scuttlebutt that 23 machines were being moved from the site to a U.S. Tyco plant. Officials at parent company Tyco International Ltd. in Exeter, N.H., would not provide details on the move or the new location for the machines.
The news follows an April announcement that Tyco was planning to close 24 plants and lay off 7,100 workers as part of a restructuring. Officials said those moves mainly would involve Tyco's electronics and telecommunications businesses, but not its plastic film or coat hanger operations.
OSHA examines worker injury at Venture
SEABROOK, N.H. - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an employee injury at a Venture Industries Corp. injection molding plant in Seabrook.
The worker, who was not identified, was crushed inside a press Oct. 14. He was treated at Boston Medical Center. The investigation could take two weeks or longer to complete, said officials with the OSHA office in Concord, N.H. The agency did not provide any other details.
Officials with Venture, based in Fraser, Mich., did not respond to requests for comment.
Panel probes tooling industry concerns
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense will look at how it can increase purchases from U.S. machine-tool builders, mold makers and precision manufacturing companies, a review commissioned at the request of a congressional subcommittee.
Spurred by complaints from the tooling industry that Defense Department contracts increasingly are being subcontracted overseas, the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee said it wants a report in 60 days. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, had urged the subcommittee to request the report.
``The negative effects on this industry could be seriously disruptive to our defense capabilities and our national security,'' Kaptur said in a news release. ``As things stand, we are currently dependent on China to defend our own people.''
A spokesman for the National Tooling & Machining Association in Fort Washington, Md., said the group does not have specific evidence that defense contracts are being lost to overseas competitors. Instead, the group hears anecdotally that it is happening, said NTMA's Shane Downey. NTMA said the Department of Defense is not monitoring the practice.
PI adds equipment, large Arburg presses
ATHENS, TENN. - Plastic Industries Inc. is investing about $750,000 to add auxiliary equipment and six presses - including two of the largest injection molding presses that Arburg GmbH & Co. makes.
The 50-year-old PI installed an Arburg with 350 tons of clamping force recently at its site in Athens, and a 495-ton Arburg is being built in Germany for installation in January. Both are among the first midsize Arburgs to be used in the United States.
Officials said the upgrade should facilitate ISO 9002 certification, which it expects by November.
``We hope it opens some doors,'' said Lou Pascarella, vice president and chief financial officer.
The company also hopes the new presses will bring in new business in markets such as consumer goods, automotive and medical. The captive and custom molder has six divisions and makes plastic and wood furniture, and pool, livestock and lawn products.
Pascarella said PI has 35 presses with clamping forces of 88-1,500 tons. It has two injection molding facilities, and four factories overall, with nearly 300 employees. It also does structural foam molding, vacuum forming and dielectric sealing.
Jones C. Beene started the company to make plastic signs. His son, Jeff, is the current president and chairman. The company would not release sales information.