Republic planning $5 million expansion
MCQUEENY, TEXAS - Republic Plastics Ltd. plans to expand its recently opened disposable tableware plant in East Knoxville, Tenn., according to a local news report.
The McQueeny company will spend $5 million on the program and add at least 45 employees at East Knoxville, according to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel. The Tennessee plant, which opened in the spring, supplies the East Coast with plastic plates, bowls and lunch trays. Major customers include mass merchandisers, for which Republic makes private-label products.
The East Knoxville site now employs 45 permanent staff and about 10 temporary workers. Republic bought the 160,000-square-foot facility and converted the former warehouse into a plastics processor.
Republic Chairman Gino Inman estimated his firm logged $10 million in sales in 2002, according to the report.
ITW acquires USPL's slipsheet business
BOCA RATON, FLA. - U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. has sold its plastic slipsheet business to Illinois Tool Works Inc. in an $8.4 million deal.
The Boca Raton-based plastic lumber maker announced the completion of the sale Dec. 18. Earlier in 2003, Glenview, Ill.-based ITW purchased USPL's cornerboard packaging business for $8.2 million, which included accounts receivable, inventory, property, plant and equipment, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
``Although we had developed a strong slipsheet business, the company determined that the business was not an integral part of the future growth plans,'' said Mark Alsentzer, USPL's chief executive officer, in a news release.
Alsentzer was not available for comment. USPL's slipsheet business primarily was handled from a facility in Denver.
Auto supplier Baxter to expand in Tenn.
WINCHESTER, TENN. - Baxter Enterprises in early 2004 plans to add 189,000 square feet for a paint operation and warehouse adjacent to its Winchester site. The $3 million addition may add 100 jobs, according to the Franklin County Industrial Development Board.
Baxter's existing, 120,000-square-foot facility opened in 2001. While beginning to diversify, Baxter primarily is a Tier 2 and Tier 3 injection molder for the automotive industry. The paint-finishing facility handles interior and exterior components. Baxter operates presses with clamping forces of 500-2,200 tons.
Parent firm Hi-Tech Mold and Engineering Inc. of Rochester Hills, Mich., established the Tennessee division in 1998. Hi-Tech, which opened in 1982, makes compression and transfer molds, fixtures and injection molds.
Siegfried Schulte, owner of Hi-Tech and president of both Hi-Tech and Baxter, announced the expansion plans Dec. 19. Together, the Hi-Tech and Baxter operations in Winchester currently employ 200.
Producers to pay for Ontario recycling
TORONTO - Ontario is proceeding with plans to have industry pick up half the cost of municipal curbside recycling programs.
The province's Environment Ministry estimates it will cost producers of packaged goods about C$3 million (US$2.3 million) per month to pay for half of the Blue Box curbside collection and recycling program for plastics, glass and metal packaging.
Beginning in early 2004, Stewardship Ontario will collect the monthly fee from brand owners and importers and pass it on to municipalities engaged in Blue Box programs.
The new Ontario government led by Dalton McGuinty also plans to expand the Blue Box program and divert more organic waste from landfills in a broad-based environmental program.
Husky plans Luxembourg mold facility
BOLTON, ONTARIO - Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. will boost its PET mold-building capacity in Europe with a new facility set to open in the spring of 2006.
Husky will invest 46 million euros ($57.8 million) in the 115,000-square-foot building and equipment at its Dudelange, Luxembourg, manufacturing complex.
The new operation will focus on mold inserts, assembly and testing and will employ about 80 full time when the expansion is done. Husky director of public relations Paul Thomson said PET container demand in Eastern Europe is very strong and that Western Europe, although a mature market, continues to grow.
The new Dudelange operation will be similar to a new PET mold-insert facility at Husky's headquarters in Bolton.