PWP's W.Va facility begins production
MINERAL SPRINGS, W.VA.-The new Mineral Springs facility of food-container maker PWP Industries has begun operating.
In August, PWP of Vernon, Calif., said it would invest $10 million to set up a West Virginia plant to extrude and thermoform amorphous PET. PWP outfitted a 120,000-square-foot building that local interests had built on speculation.
``A related investor group bought the building from us and leased it to PWP,'' James Kinnett II, president of the Wood County Development Authority in nearby Parkersburg, said May 21.
An initial lease-purchase deal had set the building's price at $4.2 million. HPC Industries LLC of Los Angeles owns PWP.
Pechiney Plastic building Okla. plant
TULSA, OKLA. - Flexible packaging producer Pechiney Plastic Packaging Inc. will build a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and a 90,000-square-foot warehouse in Tulsa's Port of Catoosa.
According to a report in Tulsa World, the $10 million project will begin in June and should be finished by early 2004. The site could employ 60-100.
A subsidiary of Paris-based Pechiney, which has businesses in packaging and aluminum production, Pechiney Plastic Packaging reported sales of $1.3 billion last year. It operates 38 facilities in Australia, Europe, North and South America. Company officials could not be reached for comment.
B&R Plastics adds equipment, workers
DENVER - B&R Plastics Inc. announced May 10 it has added its largest-tonnage machine to date. The 1,250-ton, two-platen Duo press from Engel cost the custom injection molder $600,000.
``We had the opportunity to take on some local business from another molder, plus two additional molds, so we could fill up the press almost immediately,'' said Darrell Kulzer, general manager.
Kulzer said the 167,000-square-foot plant employs 75, including three who were added as a result of the purchase of the machine. The plant operates 26 presses with clamping forces of 90-1,250 tons.
B&R does custom molding and produces a line of picnicware. The Denver company has annual sales of $15 million, Kulzer said. It is a subsidiary of food packager Gilster-Mary Lee Corp.
Kulzer said future expansion also may take place this fall as a result of the firm's production of a copolymer polypropylene folding step stool, dubbed the EZ Foldz. Since July, B&R has had control of the 9-inch high, 2.9-pound stool, which won the Retailers Choice Award of Distinction at the 2002 National Hardware Show.
``We're [being test-marketed] in 133 Wal-Mart stores right now,'' he said. ``If it continues to grow, by fall we'll need more molding capacity.'' It also is being sold at Meijer, Camping World, Storables, True Value and Do It Best stores as well as at least six catalogs.
sheet mirror business
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Plaskolite Inc. has acquired the flat sheet mirror business of Rahway, N.J.-based Plastimirror Inc. Terms were not released.
The acquisition, made earlier this year, signals the Columbus company's commitment to the market for mirrorized acrylic and polycarbonate sheet, according to a Plaskolite news release.
Founded in 1950, Plaskolite claims to be the world's largest privately held maker of continuously processed acrylic sheet. The firm operates manufacturing facilities in Compton, Calif., as well as Columbus and Zanesville, Ohio. It has distribution centers in Holland, Canada and Phoenix.
Plastimirror President Paul Mehta said his company will continue producing the rest of its product line, including convex mirrors.
Ampro hires workers, purchases 2 presses
LEEDS, ALA. - Ampro Custom Molding has added two more injection presses to its facility in Leeds. The purchase price was not disclosed.
President E. Burns Roensch said the two 165-ton Sumitomo machines were added to meet customer demand at its 75,000-square-foot facility.
``When a customer asks you to make something and you don't have the machines to do it, you go out and get the machines,'' he said.
The company employs 50 and added six jobs as a result of the purchases.
Ampro is a proprietary molder of promotional products and custom molds a range of other products, Roensch said.