Northeast acquires 1st two-shot press
GLASTONBURY, CONN. - Northeast Mold & Plastics Inc. in Glastonbury has added its first two-shot molding capability, primarily to serve a customer making filters.
The company has added a new 220-ton Arburg two-shot press with 7.4 ounces of primary capacity and 3.4 ounces in the second shot. The family-owned firm has 15 presses.
Work for the filtration customer will not take all of the machine's capacity, so Northeast hopes to use it for its automotive, medical and consumer product molding, said John Rose, director of sales and marketing.
``The two-shot machines are expensive, especially with the rotary platen,'' Rose said. ``We'd been thinking about it for a number of years and kind of waiting for a chance to do it.''
NEW BERLIN, WIS. - Midland Plastics Inc. has acquired the Davenport, Iowa, distribution center of Midwest Plastics Inc.
``It's an opportunity for us to get into a market area that we wanted to get into,'' Brian Hense, Midland vice president of operations, said of the May 1 deal.
The four workers at the 5,000-square-foot site were retained.
Midland distributes plastic sheet, rod, tube, films and profiles in New Berlin. It is also a custom fabricator, vacuum and pressure former of custom component plastic parts. It operates a warehouse and manufacturing facility in Green Bay and has warehouse distribution centers in Madison and Wausau, Wis., and Rockford, Ill.
Midwest designs, fabricates, packages and ships displays, fixtures, literature and cardholders.
PMI's Tenn. facility
gets electric presses
SPARTA, TENN. - Custom injection molder Precision Molding Inc. has added four Nissei electric machines to its facility in Sparta. The cost was not revealed.
The new machines have clamping forces of 88-150 tons and were added to meet production demands, increase capacity and replace older equipment, officials said in a news release. PMI operates about 20 injection and blow molding machines.
PMI officials could not be reached for comment.
Rotek adds workers,
rock 'n' roll oven
CLAREMORE, OKLA. - Rotational Technologies Inc. has added a 35-foot-by-6-foot rock 'n' roll oven to its Claremore facility at a cost of about $250,000.
The oven was made in-house by the company, which does business as Rotek. Sales manager Gary Shawver said the machine was added to the 30,000-square-foot site to help Rotek produce larger lift tanks for boat lifts. As a result of the addition, Rotek added about 10 workers to the facility, for a total of 32 employees.
In addition to the new machine, Rotek operates three natural gas ovens ranging from 64-225 square feet.
With sales of $2.6 million last year, Rotek makes products for a number of industries, including water recreation, environmental control, airline, storm shelter and traffic control.
Wescon's Wichita site
gains 10 machines
WICHITA, KAN. - Custom injection molder Wescon Products Co. has added 10 Engel presses to its plant in Wichita at a cost of $800,000.
Bill Todd, senior vice president and general manager, said the machines, with clamping forces of 100-300 tons, were added in part because of increasing quality demands from its customers.
``And we're putting ourselves in position to stave off these things moving offshore,'' he said.
Wescon, a Latshaw Enterprises Inc. division, has 24 machines with clamping forces up to 550 tons at its 60,000-square-foot facility.
With sales of $12 million, Wescon serves the heavy-duty trucking, battery and outdoor power equipment industries.
Modern Packaging to
produce special films
BATAAN, PHILIPPINES - Modern Packaging Films Inc. is investing $26.8 million to set up a plant to produce specially formulated plastic films.
The plant will be in a 90,000-square-foot, leased factory owned by Diversified Plastic Film Systems Inc. in Bataan.
The company will produce coextruded polypropylene film, including biaxially oriented and nonoriented varieties, said Chairman Ramon Garcia. End markets will include food and tobacco packaging. The plant, which is to start production early next year, also will make metalized films.