Bankrupt Discovery closing up shop
MILLERSBURG, ORE. - Discovery Plastics Inc., a producer of acrylic store fixtures and displays, is closing its doors.
The closing was announced about two months after Discovery and its parent, RHC/Spacemaster Corp. of Melrose Park, Ill., filed for bankruptcy protection.
Discovery General Manager Brad Barker confirmed the plant in Millersburg is closing in three to seven weeks, but would not comment further, referring questions to RHC. Repeated calls to RHC were not returned.
About 10 workers remain at the facility, down from a high of 120 at the 118,000-square-foot site, according to a report in the Albany, Ore.-based Democrat-Herald.
Scott Schreiber, Discovery's lawyer, could not be reached for comment.
Discovery Plastics estimates both its assets and debt at between $10 million and $50 million, according to a Feb. 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chicago. The filing said Discovery has 100-199 creditors.
Discovery Plastics was acquired by RHC in 1989, according to 1-2-3-biz.com, a business index Web site.
RHC operates 11 store-fixture divisions in 17 facilities, according to its Web site. It employs 1,800.
All About Packaging purchases machines
APPLETON, WIS. - All About Packaging Inc. announced April 11 it has purchased its first thermoforming and slide blister flanging machines.
Matt Thompson, packaging sales engineer, said he was not sure of the cost and model of the two thermoforming and two flanging machines.
He said the 6-year-old, Appleton firm bought the equipment because it is looking to get into manufacturing to have better control over lead times. It had been a contract manufacturer and ``almost a distributor,'' Thompson said.
A couple employees have been added at the 20,000-square-foot facility, Thompson said. All About Packaging, which also performs structural design, artwork design, manufacturing and packaging fulfillment, currently employs about15-20.
The company has annual sales of about $5 million, Thompson said.
``We're a young company and we're trying to find out what our customers need and how to fit those needs,'' Thompson said.
Dutchland unit set for June relocation
OOSTBURG, WIS. - Dutchland Plastics Corp. is about 11/2 months away from moving its blow molding division into a new, $3 million facility in Oostburg.
Daven Claerbout, co-owner and sales director, said the purchase of a $300,000 blow molding machine necessitated the construction. Dutchland Plastics already had been operating two machines.
``We don't have any room at this facility for that [third machine],'' he said. A fourth machine also may be added at the new facility, which is about two miles away from the existing plant.
Claerbout said 10-15 jobs will be added at the new operation. Dutchland Plastics currently employs 185.
Construction of the 80,000-square-foot plant, which will also be used for warehouse space, began last fall and will finish in late May. He said it should be at full capacity by the end of June.
The company also recently hired David Gramling, formerly with the Chilton Products division of Western Industries Inc., as its blow molding manager.
The firm has total company sales of $16.5 million, of which blow molding accounts for $1.5 million. Claerbout expects that number to increase with the new equipment. The company has rotational molding sales of $15 million.