Scherer & Trier building U.S. facility
SALINE, MICH. - German automotive supplier Kunstoff-Technik Scherer & Trier GmbH will begin building its first U.S. plant this summer in Saline. The company has options to nearly triple the plant's size eventually.
The injection molder and extruder will invest between $5 million and $6 million for the 31,000-square-foot facility, said Lee Bourgoin, city finance director. Scherer & Trier, based in Michelau, Germany, expects to begin operations with 35 employees by early 2005 and expand from there.
Scherer & Trier has plants in Germany, Sweden and Mexico. It supplies the automotive, furniture, medical, electrical and construction industries. The Saline plant will be focused on automotive customers. The company's holdings include in-house toolmaking and materials development.
The firm makes interior and exterior components, such as in-mold-decorated door trim, spoilers, air-bag covers and roof moldings.
Worker's death under OSHA investigation
TOWNSEND, MASS. - A worker was killed Feb. 7 at injection molder Sterilite Corp.'s headquarters plant in Townsend.
Sixto Otero, 25, was trapped in an injection molding machine, apparently while trying to dislodge an obstruction, according to the Townsend Police Department. Paramedics pronounced Otero dead at the scene.
``We deeply regret the accident,'' said a woman who answered the phone Feb. 9 at Sterilite. ``It is under investigation and we're not able to give further comment at this time.''
Richard Fazio, area director with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration in Methuen, Mass., said that group is investigating. Police officials said the Massachusetts State Medical Examiners Office also is involved in the investigation.
Electronics makers to fund recycling
PORTLAND, ORE. - A group of electronics manufacturers, including Dell Computer Corp., Epson America Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co., has tentatively agreed to develop and fund a national recycling system.
The agreement came at what was supposed to be the last meeting of the National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative, in Portland on Feb. 11. But it does not solve the issue: The Electronic Industries Alliance, a trade group, said the industry still has to resolve divergent views among companies.
EIA, based in Arlington, Va., said industry would meet next month to develop federal legislation that would finance recycling, either through a fee at the point of sale or alternative plans that would let companies manage the costs without external fees.
``EIA is optimistic that, in time, industry manufacturers will be able to reach a consensus on the issue of financing,'' said Heather Bowman, EIA director of environmental affairs.
Environmental groups participating in NEPSI said that industry has yet to present a practical financing plan, and said some proposals thus far would pass on significant costs to local governments.
Kennametal acquiring Conforma Clad
LATROBE, PA. - Kennametal Inc. plans to buy extrusion component producer Conforma Clad Inc. for $65 million.
Latrobe-based Kennametal expects to complete the deal by the end of March. Kennametal will run Conforma Clad as a stand-alone business within its Advanced Materials Solutions Group.
Conforma Clad President Mike Harlan said plastics extrusion equipment components such as exruder barrels have been his firm's second-largest market and this business has grown 50 percent this year. It counts twin-screw equipment manufacturer Coperion Corp. among its customers. The 100-employee company's chief plastics-related products are brazed tungsten carbide-clad barrels.
Harlan said the deal will help Conforma Clad expand internationally. Kennametal, with $2 billion a year in annual sales, does business in about 60 countries. It does not compete with Conforma Clad in the latter's markets in plastics, food processing, and petroleum drilling equipment. Rather, Kennametal's metal-cutting technology will help Conforma Clad supply its customer base, Harlan explained in a telephone interview from his firm's New Albany, Ind., head office.