Yahagi Sangyo opening Kentucky plant
BROWNSVILLE, KY. - Japanese automotive supplier Yahagi Sangyo Co. Ltd. is making a $2 million investment in Kentucky, with plans to begin injection molding at a new factory by the end of May.
Kentucky officials and Yahagi Sangyo, based in Kota-cho, Japan, announced Dec. 3 that the company will begin moving into a vacant building in Brownsville in February.
The facility will employ 10-15 people, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
Yahagi Sangyo molds and assembles both plastic and rubber components. The Kentucky facility will produce parts for larger auto suppliers, including Denso Corp. plants in North America.
Multi-Plastics expanding in Canada
WHITBY, ONTARIO - Converter Multi-Plastics Inc. is expanding its Canadian operations by investing $2.7 million to build a 33,000-square-foot production and warehousing facility on a 3.8-acre site in Whitby.
The company, headquartered in Lewis Center, Ohio, concentrates on slitting and converting thin-gauge plastic film in rolls or sheet for the envelope, carton, label and printing industries.
Multi-Plastics' subsidiary, Multi-Plastics Canada Co., started construction of the new facility in August and plans to have it ready by September 2004.
Douglas Caillier, general manager of Multi-Plastics Canada Co., said the parent firm has been serving the Canadian market about nine years. That started with the purchase of Clairfoil Industries, which primarily served the carton window market. Caillier said Multi-Plastics expanded the business, moving about seven years ago, to a 15,000-square-foot leased facility in Whitby.
John R. Parsio founded Multi-Plastics in 1979. It also has facilities in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.; Romeoville, Ill.; Swedesboro, N.J.; Dallas; St. Paul, Minn.; and Northwich, England.
NATK's Aussie rep readies to ship ties
TEMORA, AUSTRALIA - The Australian licensee of North American Technologies Group Inc. will begin shipping composite railroad ties by the close of 2004's first quarter.
Oz-Tex Solutions Pty. Ltd., based in Temora, will begin extruding the product with one line in a facility owned by Nepean Rubber & Plastic. Nepean is a custom molder based in St. Marys, Australia and will operate the railroad tie facility.
``We've been working with them since 2000 and they have ties installed on several major railroads in Australia,'' NATK President Henry Sullivan said Dec. 3 by phone. ``I think one of the reasons it took a long time is that the railroad industries are very conservative. A good part of their problem was raising money while trying to introduce new technology in a conservative market.''
NATK's wholly owned subsidiary, TieTek Inc. of Houston, received a 20 percent ownership in Oz-Tex in 2001, officials said. NATK also has ties installed in Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Canada and Mexico.
In addition to standard-sized, 8-foot or 9-foot railroad ties, the operation will make 18-foot ties.
``Those long ties are much more difficult to supply out of wood, because it takes a very mature hardwood tree to make an 18-foot tie,'' Sullivan said. ``Both we and Oz-Tex are planning to make more long ties.''
``We're on the verge of profitability and major expansion,'' Sullivan said.
Court upholds ruling in favor of UM
MIDVALE, UTAH - Processor Utah Medical Products Inc. has scored a victory in its patent suit against Tyco International Ltd., after a federal appellate court upheld a $23 million lower-court decision in favor of Utah Medical.
The court upheld the lower court ruling that Tyco's Kendall LTP unit in Mansfield, Mass., infringed on a catheter design of Utah Medical, the company announced Dec. 5.
UM, based in Midvale, said it would seek additional damages for Kendall sales of the disputed product after the January 2002 verdict in the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.
UM said Kendall's LTP 4000 Softrans intrauterine pressure catheter violated a UM patent. UM said the decision vindicates its position as the inventor of the transducer-tipped IUPC, which is used to monitor contractions in difficult deliveries.
A Kendall spokeswoman declined to comment.