CV Holdings plant to create 300 jobs
AUBURN, ALA. - CV Holdings LLC announced April 16 plans to build a second injection molding facility in Auburn.
The 70,000-square-foot plant, to be completed by August or September, will create 300 jobs within six years, the firm said.
The $24 million plant will produce medical and consumer plastic products. Chief Operating Officer John Belfance said the plant will start with 40 machines with clamping forces of 75-350 tons. The company eventually may double the size of the plant, and CV Holdings plans to invest another $25 million in the operation during the next few years.
A strong Alabama work force is what convinced CV Holdings, owned by Robert Abrams, to build another plant in Auburn, Belfance said. ``We really love the community and we've been very fortunate to find good, dedicated people to come work for us in the community,'' Belfance said.
CV also has operations in New York, Pennsylvania, California and France. It also owned Capitol Vial Inc., but sold it last year.
Kelch opens product development lab
MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS. - Kelch Corp., a manufacturer of fuel tanks, caps and gauges for nonautomotive vehicles, recently began operating its $250,000 product development laboratory.
The 1,600-square-foot lab had been under construction for more than a year when it opened in February, said account manager Brian Gill. Equipment includes an environmental stress-crack testing apparatus called the notched constant tensile load; a Thermotron environmental chamber for evaluating fuel tanks and caps in contact with fuel; an Instron tensile machine and a Torque Tester.
Kelch, a subsidiary of Sheboygan Falls, Wis.-based Bemis Manufacturing Co. Inc., employs more than 250. Kelch has 150,000 square feet of space in Menomonee Falls, with 130,000 square feet devoted to manufacturing and the lab.
``It's sort of one of those things that occurred to Bemis that the lab was necessary in order for Kelch to keep advancing and keep on the cutting edge,'' Gill said.
The lab will allow for the testing of tanks and caps in the presence of fuel, a process that has ``inherent risk'' Jeff Davis, product development manager, said in a news release.
``At a time when many injection molders are struggling to survive, Bemis' willingness to proactively invest in leading-edge [research and development] capabilities speaks volumes,'' he said.
Niigata starting over with merged units
NIIGATA CITY, JAPAN - A year and a half after seeking protection from creditors in Tokyo District Court, the Japanese company that makes Niigata injection presses has emerged and formed a new company, Niigata Machine Techno Co. Ltd.
The company, which used to be called Niigata Engineering Co. Ltd., is headquartered in Niigata City. The newly formed company includes Niigata Plastic Machinery Co., which makes injection molding machines for plastics, and Niigata Machinery Co., which makes metal machining centers.
Niigata now is part of Osaka, Japan-based SNK Group, a conglomerate that includes Shin Nippon Koki Co. Ltd., a global maker of large precision machine tools, and Daiwa Can Co., a supplier of bottles and containers. During its restructuring, Niigata shed unprofitable units such as equipment for petrochemical plants.
Niigata began making all-electric injection molding machines in 1982, and now focuses solely on all-electrics.
DJK-Global Group in Itasca, Ill., sells Niigata presses in the United States. ``We have every intention of continuing to carve out a significant percentage of the all-electric market in North America,'' said Peter Gardner, vice president and general manager for the Niigata operations at DJK-Global.
Intertape combining distribution sites
MONTREAL - Packaging producer Intertape Polymer Group Inc. will consolidate three U.S. distribution centers into a new facility in Danville, Va.
The Montreal firm will close its Danville distribution center and lease a 200,000-square-foot facility from the Industrial Development Authority of Pittsylvania County. The agency will spend $7.2 million to construct the warehouse. Intertape will invest $1.5 million in new materials-handling equipment and relocate equipment from closed facilities. Distribution sites in Bolingbrook, Ill., and Suwanee, Ga., also will close.
The new Danville operation will employ about 50.