Mega Plastics expanding Miss. plant
CLINTON, MISS. - Mega Plastics Inc. is adding 23,000 square feet to its plant in Clinton.
The expansion, representing a $5.5 million investment, is to be complete by mid-October.
The supplier of industrial liners and box liners also expects to add two Windmoeller & Hoelscher three-layer extrusion lines to its existing five lines. Mega will occupy 58,000 square feet of space once the expansion is complete.
During a July 2 conference call, two of the company's four co-owners - Dave Clarke and Greg McNeely - said the expansion may allow for the addition of four more lines at some point. The two other co-owners of Mega are Wayne Davis and Shannon Watts.
The executives said they plan to add 14-20 workers during the next year. Mega currently employs 56.
Clarke and McNeely said Mega's sales will top $10 million this year, and Mega has been seeing average sales growth of 20 percent per year. They said the firm had 2000 sales of $6.4 million.
Miniature Precision adds equipment
WALWORTH, WIS. - Automotive supplier Miniature Precision Components Inc. has added a 1,430-ton Van Dorn Demag press to its facility in Walworth, the company announced June 23.
To start, the press, which is the largest at that location, will mold engine covers, said marketing manager Kyla Remus.
The 212,500-square-foot headquarters plant operates 12 presses with clamping forces of 500-1,430 tons. The combined cost of the press and the plant, which was completed at the end of 2002, is $7.2 million, Remus said.
The new press is located in a 45,000-square-foot manufacturing cell for fluid reservoir and engine cover work.
The company has sales of $131 million and has been growing at an average rate of 15 percent per year since 1992, according to a news release. In addition to injection molding, MPC has capabilities in such processes as suction blow molding, extrusion, as well as tube forming and annealing.
The company was founded in 1972 and employs 1,500. MPC also has plants in Prairie du Chien and Richland Center, Wis., and Santa Ana, Mexico.
National Pipe idles Georgia facility
THOMASVILLE, GA. - National Pipe & Plastics Inc. has idled its extrusion plant in Thomasville.
The Vestal, N.Y., PVC pipe maker will continue to ship from the location, a two-building site that National acquired from North American Pipe Corp. in 1999.
``We just had more machines than we needed, and we can combine the most efficient equipment with new equipment in two plants and maintain capacity with lower cost,'' said David Culbertson, National's president and chief executive officer. ``We had eight machines there. Some of them will be used in the other two plants and some of them will be disposed, if we decide to permanently close that plant.''
The facility employed 80. Fourteen employees remain, Culbertson said in a July 1 telephone interview.
National is installing new machinery in its Greensboro, N.C., facility. The firm is in the midst of a $13 million project to relocate its headquarters to Endicott, N.Y.
The firm reported $135 million in 2002 extrusion sales with 360 employees.
* NASHVILLE, TENN. - Custom injection molder Moll Industries Inc. emerged from bankruptcy June 24 and announced it is paying $4.5 million for 18 injection presses at its plants in Fort Smith, Ark., and Nashville, Tenn. Company officials said they are continuing to search for a new chief executive officer. During the reorganization, the company moved its headquarters from Davie, Fla., to Nashville.
* GARDENA, CALIF. - Rotonics Manufacturing Inc.'s president and chief executive officer has stepped down to pursue other interests. Robert Gawlik has served in the post since 2001 for the Gardena rotomolder. Sherman McKinniss has been re-appointed in an interim role. McKinniss had retired in 2001 after holding the posts since 1991. Rotonics has 10 manufacturing locations throughout the United States. The firm reported rotomolding sales of $38 million for 2002.