Kass moves to bigger site, seeks workers
Chicago - Kass Corp. (Booth S615) is ready to expand, moving into a new facility later this summer and actively seeking new employees.
The blow molding automation company founded by Alan Thatcher in 2001 also is unveiling the DF400T-10M automated spin trimmer at NPE 2003 in Chicago, said Kris Thatcher during a June 25 interview.
The trimmer has high-speed vertical deflashing, reaming and rotary trim with 19 servos and three stations, capable of finishing up to 90 parts per minute.
Thatcher spent more than 20 years in the industry, with Machine Tool & Mold and MTM Systems Inc., before launching Kass. The firm now has seven employees. Its new 6,000-square-foot building in Carrollton, Texas, is double the size of the existing plant.
Within Kass, Thatcher and the company can focus on the specific trimming needs within blow molding, making it possible to respond more quickly to customer needs, Kris Thatcher said.
``I really feel like this show is going to double our business this year,'' Kris Thatcher said. ``We're very excited.''
Tessy expanding building at N.Y. HQ
ELBRIDGE, N.Y. - Tessy Plastics Corp. is investing $6 million with a 60,000-square-foot addition to one of its buildings at its Elbridge headquarters.
``We've gotten additional business and have gotten busier and busier,'' Roland Beck, president of Tessy, said in a June 25 telephone interview. ``We've had to work overtime on weekends and this will make the company more efficient.''
The firm hopes to break ground next week and have the expansion complete within six months. The $6 million investment includes the building, machines, conveyor systems and other necessary equipment. About 100 employees and 18-24 injection presses, ranging from 100-385 tons, will be added. The presses will mold PET, polyethylene and polypropylene for the consumer products and automotive industries.
``A lot of our work is automated,'' Beck added. ``We have a diverse group of customers and have secured some work through online bidding. We buy the right equipment and have invested the money to run as efficiently as possible.''
Tessy operates three facilities - Elbridge, Lynchburg, W.Va., and Shanghai. With 750 employees, the firm runs 170 injection presses. Tessy placed No. 92 in Plastics News' injection molders ranking earlier this year with sales of $64 million. The company serves many industries including the business machine, medical, automotive, cellular phone and camera industries.
Ryton to meet demand with PPS plant
Chicago - The Ryton unit of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (Booth N7907) is set to cash in on its new compounding plant in Pasadena, Texas, thanks to new products such as Xtel-brand polyphenylene sulfide alloys.
The new 15 million-pound PPS compounding plant opened in May, essentially replacing an older line in Borger, Texas, that closed in late 2001, according to Ryton General Manager Michael McDonnell.
``With the new site, we can improve the consistency and quality of the product we're shipping out,'' McDonnell said in a June 25 interview.
McDonnell added that the new capacity should meet Ryton's compounding needs for the foreseeable future, but growth trends will lead the business to add about 22 million pounds of resin capacity by 2006.
The global PPS market grew at an 8-10 percent rate last year, but slowdowns in electronics and auto-related sales should reduce the 2003 growth rate to around 5 percent, McDonnell said.
Xtel, which is described as rubber-modified PPS alloy, is available in filled and unfilled grades. It's currently being tested with several customers and should be fully commercialized by the end of the year.
The material offers elongation and toughness in film and sheet applications without sacrificing heat resistance. Xtel recently was tested in a number of blow molding products as well, McDonnell said.
Other potential Xtel uses include wire coating, pipe lining and under-the-hood auto components.
NPE's Wednesday registration at 61,731
Chicago - Registrations at NPE 2003 are about 29 percent behind the pace of the record-breaking 2000 show.
As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, registration was at 61,731. That compares with exactly 87,000 as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday of the 2000 show.
Of the current total, 10,626 are international visitors, or 17.2 percent of the total. The Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., the show organizer, expected registration to be down for a variety of reasons, including the fact that at previous shows, registration totals included international visitors who signed up to attend NPE for free but did not actually come to the show.