Adept adding second twin-screw extruder
YORK, PA. - Adept Corp. is expanding its profile extrusion capabilities with the addition of a Davis-Standard GC-61-millimeter, conical twin-screw extruder.
York-based Adept was founded in 1966 as a window fabricator and supplier of tooling and special machinery. It entered the plastics business in 1991 when it began producing PVC extrusion tooling.
Now founder and President Walter E. Gropp said 13 years of extrusion tooling experience led the company to expand
``We've developed a great deal of expertise and now we're applying that expertise,'' he said in a telephone interview. Gropp said the company spent $300,000 on the line, which it uses to manufacture window accessory parts, architectural flower boxes and profiles for plastic swimming pools parts.
The line is Adept's second Davis-Standard extruder. It runs alongside a GP-94mm parallel twin-screw machine installed in 1997. The company's 22,000-square-foot facility employs 24.
Adept also makes a line of standard metal product stampings, stamping dies and assembly equipment for the vinyl window-making industry.
Partnership yields 440-ton Arburg press
WALKER, MICH. - H.S. Die & Engineering Inc. and Arburg Inc. have inked a partnership that will place one of the largest Arburg presses at H.S. Die's tryout facility in Walker. The Arburg 820 S with 440 tons of clamping force will be installed in mid-May.
H.S. Die of Grand Rapids, Mich., manufactures injection molds primarily for the automotive industry. It employs 300 at five facilities in Michigan and a mold-repair shop in Rantoul, Ill.
``We mainly do sample molds,'' said Dave Duff, mold division manager in Walker. ``We look at it as an opportunity to work with [new] customers ... and it also gives customers an opportunity to look at a new machine.''
The plan, according to technical sales engineer Mike Kraemer, is to place a machine at H.S. Die for six months on consignment and then to rotate other Arburg machines in its place.
Duff said the plant has nine other machines and nine employees. Arburg Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Arburg GmbH & Co. of Lossburg, Germany.
Rowmark creates new products division
FINDLAY, OHIO - Rowmark Inc. is creating a custom products division called Premier Material Concepts to focus on special orders of plastic sheet and roll stock for outside customers.
The company already extrudes sheet for its captive engraving and signage materials business.
The new division will serve the recreational vehicle, housewares and construction markets.
``We've created a separate division to ... grow the company in a positive direction,'' said Duane Jebbett, president and chief operating officer.
Premier Material Concepts will be able to extrude many different materials, including ABS, acrylic and thermoplastic rubber.
PMC will use Rowmark's engineering research and development for testing and sampling.
Rowmark has 80 employees at its 55,000-square-foot headquarters plant in Findlay. About 90 percent of its business comes from engraving, according to Jebbett.
The company has an office in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and markets through joint ventures.
Little Tikes lays off 120 workers in Mo.
FARMINGTON, MO. - Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems laid off about 120 workers at its Farmington plant, according to a report in the Park Hills, Mo., Daily Journal.
Slow sales forced a production cutback. The newspaper report estimated the plant employed 400 prior to the layoff. Layoffs and improved efficiency will make the company well-positioned to take advantage of any economic upturn, noted General Manager Clancy Lavins in a news release quoted by the newspaper. Company officials could not be reached for comment.
The Farmington plant does rotational molding. Little Tikes bought it about 10 years ago when it was Iron Mountain Forge.
Little Tikes, a subsidiary of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., is closing a rotomolding plant in City of Industry, Calif., by April 25.