extruder Green Forest set to bow in Mo.
NEVADA, MO. - There's a new kid on the block to serve niche markets with composite extruded profiles.
Green Forest Engineered Products LLC will begin production in Nevada by the end of the year. Principals are waiting on approval from the state for a $240,000 Community Block Development Grant, which Nevada City Council unanimously endorsed.
``We're finalizing our funding,'' Dave Browning said in an Aug. 8 telephone interview. ``We're hoping to be in the facility the first part of September.''
Browning will serve as vice president and Steve Wheeler as president. The firm will begin with about 10 employees and three extrusion lines in a 35,000-square-foot, leased site. Browning and Wheeler, who come from the aviation industry, plan to make products like fascia and sills from virgin polypropylene and wood.
``We feel like the deck market is pretty well taken,'' Browning said. ``There are plenty of people filling that need.''
Celanese taps Ky. as HQ for Ticona unit
SUMMIT, N.J. - Celanese AG has chosen Florence, Ky., as the new North American headquarters for its Ticona technical polymers business.
Florence is part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area and is home to the Greater Cincinnati Airport. The move is to begin later this year and be complete by the end of 2004, officials said in an Aug. 5 news release. Marketing, product and application development, customer service, administration and research and development will be transferred to Florence from Summit, where Celanese has operated for more than 50 years.
Cost concerns are behind the move. Ticona has operated a specialty compounding plant in Florence since 1984. The site currently employs 130. Ticona spokesman Paul Reichenbacher said the firm plans to build a new administration building and lab on the same property as the compounding plant. Those projects are expected to cover 100,000 square feet.
Ticona has not said how many of its 290 Summit-based employees will transfer to Florence. In May, officials said some Summit employees might be offered positions at Ticona sites in Shelby, N.C.; and Auburn Hills, Mich., as well.
Equipment used to make Vectra-brand liquid-crystal polymer at a pilot plant in Summit will be transferred to Shelby, where Ticona already has commercial-scale Vectra production, Reichenbacher added.
PrettlNoma to mold at facility in N.C.
WASHINGTON, N.C. - PrettlNoma Systems Inc. will begin injection molding at a site in Washington by the end of the year, establishing PrettlNoma Systems USA Inc.
The group has begun preparing the facility, a 50,000-square-foot, leased site that will host five injection molding machines with clamping forces of 60-700 tons. It is the joint venture's first production facility in the United States. GenTek Inc. of Hampton, N.H., and the Prettl Group of Neuruppin, Germany, joined forces in 2001 to produce modular control panel systems for consumer appliances.
``We'll start with five machines and it will grow into the teens,'' said Dave Sudzina, plant manager, in an Aug. 8 telephone interview. ``All the presses are Engel and are all integrated with robots for part removal and packaging. ... In addition to highly automated molding, we will combine molded parts and screen print the large panels and do all electronic assembly to complete a control system for the appliance industry. The strategy is to be a total control systems supplier to our customer.''
PrettlNoma selected the site because one of its largest customers is nearby. According to a news release from North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's office, PrettlNoma plans to hire 84 employees and invest $10 million in the plant during the next seven years.
Under the terms of the joint venture, Prettl contributed injection molding capabilities from its headquarters site; Opalenica, Poland; and Cerkezkoy, Turkey. With GenTek's Noma unit, the venture has a development site in Southfield, Mich.
The companies operate a wire-harness facility in Queretaro, Mexico.