CertainTeed opening 3rd West Coast site
VALLEY FORGE, PA. - CertainTeed Corp. will open its third West Coast window fabrication facility by mid-2004 and add extrusion capacity at an existing site in Washington state.
Officials say it's all part of the building product firm's goal of becoming a nationwide, fully integrated vinyl window manufacturer and supplier. Valley Forge-based CertainTeed will lease a 229,000-square-foot plant in West Sacramento, Calif., and add one dual-strand extruder to its facility in Auburn, Wash., said Charlie Yoder, director of West Coast manufacturing operations.
CertainTeed will start with 125 employees in West Sacramento, but employment could reach 500 within five years. Production will be dedicated to several product lines, including Insulate Standard, Slimline Series and New Castle XT.
``The West Sacramento facility fills in a key piece of our strategic direction for the future,'' said Harald Jacobsen, president of CertainTeed's window group, in a news release.
The plant is located centrally between the Auburn site and one in Corona, Calif., which CertainTeed acquired in 2002 when it purchased Marshall Vinyl Windows Inc. CertainTeed also operates fabrication sites in Lebanon, Ind., and Richmond, Va., fed from its extrusion plant in Hagerstown, Md.
Infiniti eyes Kentucky for molding plant
TORRANCE, CALIF. - Infiniti Media Inc., an importer and distributor of recording-media packaging, plans to build an injection molding and distribution facility in Paducah, Ky., if it wins certain tax incentives.
The project calls for Infiniti to invest $50 million during five years, with initial employment of 35 rising to about 105. The 105,000-square-foot plant would begin operating in June. Final approval for the project is pending before the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority and McCracken County.
Infiniti is buying five 600-ton injection molding presses, five four-by-four stack molds and automation systems, said Bruce Bellerose, plant manager in Torrance, where the firm is based.
The company said it will maintain its 100,000-square-foot operation in Torrance, where it employs 25 and distributes products it makes in several locations in China. Privately owned Infiniti's products include polypropylene cases for digital versatile discs.
Advantage adds sixth injection press
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Custom molder Advantage Plastic Products Inc. has added its sixth injection press, an all-electric unit.
The small company, with 10 employees, bought the 110-ton Niigata press in December as part of a plan to install more efficient equipment with improved controls, said Joel Beaudette, Advantage president and vice president of sales.
The company also added a 35-ton all-electric Niigata press earlier in 2003, he said. Advantage invested about $160,000 in the two presses.
Advantage was formed six years ago by three partners - William Blank, Waynne Froman and Beaudette - when a company they had worked for was about to change ownership. Advantage recorded its best year in 2003, with about $1.1 million in sales, Beaudette said.
The Manchester company injection molds electronic enclosures, connectors, sporting equipment, grip handles and other products.
``We really don't rely on any one industry,'' Beaudette said. ``A lot of our existing customers were down due to the economy, but we added a lot of new customers. The diversity in our products kept us from getting hurt in any one area.''
Progressive opens England sales office
WAUCONDA, ILL. - Progressive Components Inc. has opened a sales and service office in England.
The site in Buckinghamshire, England, will provide customer support and offer Progressive's interchangeable mold parts that can be used virtually anywhere in the world, said spokeswoman Cynthia Petrucci. The standardized parts include ejector pins, side and top locks, bushings and leader pins. The office initially will employ two.
Wauconda-based Progressive has an office in Singapore and five U.S. service centers.
``We have been selling into the European market for years now, and this move allows for better service in the region,'' said President Glenn Starkey.