Tower may relocate within N. Carolina
RANDLEMAN, N.C. - Injection molder Tower Components Inc. may relocate its Randleman plant to Ramseur, N.C., for more space.
Tower requested that an 11.8-acre parcel of land in Columbia Township be rezoned for manufacturing, according to records from the Randolph County Planning Board. A new facility would cost about $750,000 and would replace Tower's leased plant, according to the records. Tower employs 22 and has annual sales of about $2 million, a Tower executive said in the planning board record. The firm molds plastic modules for large, industrial cooling towers.
An Asheboro, N.C., Courier-Tribune report said Randolph County Economic Development Corp. is working to provide water and sewer grants for Tower's move. A Tower official was unavailable to elaborate on the relocation plan.
Pro Pel Plastech wins grinder grant
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MASS. - Recycler Pro Pel Plastech plans to use a $30,000 state Department of Environmental Protection grant and more than $125,000 of its own to buy and set up a larger grinder to process bigger materials.
``This will actually enhance our ability to handle larger pieces - such as barrels or [4-foot-by-4-foot] chunks,'' said Joseph Nickerson, president and chief executive officer.
The company, founded in 1984, does converting, repelletizing, densifying and compounding at its 30,000-square-foot facility in South Deerfield. It employs 20 and Nickerson expects to add six.
The grant is part of a program to develop markets for seldom-recycled materials, including PVC, low and linear low density polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyurethane and mixed resins.
Boeing sells Triumph fabrication facility
WAYNE, PA. - Triumph Group Inc. has purchased a composite and thermoplastic processing operation from Boeing Co.
Triumph announced Jan. 10 that it had completed the purchase of the Spokane, Wash., fabrication operation. Terms were not disclosed.
The facility, built in 1990, produces aircraft parts. The acquired business will be known as Triumph Composite Systems and employs 335. Boeing spokeswoman Sandy Angers said there will be no effect on employees. ``They'll just be working for Triumph now,'' she said.
Wayne-based Triumph expects the 394,000-square-foot plant to generate about $60 million in sales in fiscal 2004.
Triumph and Boeing have entered an eight-year, single-source supply agreement for the products made at the facility.
Maine Plastics Inc. to recycle NPE scrap
CHICAGO - NPE 2003 exhibitors will be encouraged to recycle plastics scrap generated at the show, which is scheduled for June 23-27 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., the show's organizer, again has selected Maine Plastics Inc. of North Chicago, Ill., as the official show recycler. The company, a reprocessor and distributor of secondary resins, will team up with Eco Educators of Columbus, Ohio, to collect scrap from exhibitors.
The project is a substantial undertaking. At the 2000 show, Maine Plastics collected about 379,000 pounds of plastic from 94 of the 2,014 exhibitors. Altogether, exhibitors diverted about 800,000 pounds from landfills - that includes material given away, pre-sold and returned to the parent companies.
``We are hoping to involve 100 percent of the exhibitors who generate scrap and increase the percentage of materials collected and recycled at NPE 2003,'' Maine Plastics President Robert Render said in a news release.
Information on the NPE recycling program will be available Jan. 22-23 at the NPE 2003 Exhibitor Seminar or by e-mailing [email protected]