Moll Industries closing British plant
DAVIE, FLA. - Moll Industries Inc. has been unsuccessful in finding a buyer for its Morecambe, England, injection molding plant, so it will close the plant and sell the assets, including about 45 injection presses.
The plant was Moll's last in the United Kingdom. The Davie-based firm will lay off the plant's roughly 150 workers.
The company also is searching for a buyer for its French operations.
Moll closed another U.K. molding plant, in Gloucester, England, early in 2002. Chief Financial Officer Bill Teeple said there is too much manufacturing capacity in the industry to sell the Morecambe operations intact.
Morecambe molded appliance parts and products for the electrical connector business, Moll said.
Moll in September filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States and expects to submit a formal restructuring plan in the next few weeks, Teeple said.
Inland graduates quality specialists
FONTANA, CALIF. - Inland Technologies Inc. has graduated its first class of nine certified quality manufacturing specialists.
The injection molder in Fontana created a training program and conducted month-long, voluntary classes offered to every new hourly employee. Topics included visual and dimensional quality inspection, blueprint reading, documentation, labeling, defect detection, packaging and statistical process control.
Each graduate received a pay raise and is eligible for available promotions. Inland is registered as an ISO 9001 operation.
Industry veteran George Farber dies
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - Industry veteran George Farber died Dec. 21 from heart failure. He was 84.
Semi-retired for the past few years, Farber lived in Boca Raton, Fla. He died at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
Farber emigrated from Hungary in 1952. Ten years later he founded Island Extrusion Corp., based in Island Park, N.Y., which specialized in the extrusion of cellulosics. After he sold that firm in 1974 he founded Farber Plastics Inc. in Freeport, N.Y. The custom sheet extruder of high-impact polystyrene remains family-owned today.
``He literally slept next to the machines,'' said President Lewis Farber, recalling his father's start in extrusion when George would set up a cot next to a machine.
By trade, George Farber was a chemical, mechanical and electrical engineer, a machine designer known to friends as the ``king of inventions.''