Nalge closing facility, cutting 112 jobs
NAPERVILLE, ILL. - Injection molder Nalge Nunc International plans to close its plant in Naperville and lay off 112 employees, according to a notice filed with the state of Illinois.
The company notified workers of the decision Feb. 5 and plans to start its first layoffs April 16, according to the notice.
Officials with Rochester, N.Y., based Nalge Nunc and its parent company, Apogent Technologies Inc. of Portsmouth, N.H., did not respond to requests for comment.
The 103,000-square-foot Naperville plant molds products for laboratory use, including beakers and tubing, and medical containers and closures.
The facility also performs product testing.
The Naperville and Rochester plants are the only two U.S.-based facilities under the Nalge Nunc name. Apogent also operates other medical and scientific manufacturing plants under other company subsidiaries.
Apogent officials said during a Jan. 21 conference call with investors that they would pursue consolidations and efficiency opportunities with those plants in its research group, which includes Nalge Nunc.
Consumable products in that group recorded low-double-digit growth in 2003, but the company wants to hike profitability, officials said during the conference call.
Apogent recorded sales of $1.1 billion for fiscal 2003, ended Sept. 30. More than half of those sales came from the research group for the publicly held company.
Picken's Plastics facing OSHA citations
JEFFERSON, OHIO - Picken's Plastics Inc. faces $216,000 in fines for what federal safety inspectors say are conditions that could lead to an explosion or fire.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in a March 4 news release that the custom molder of fiberglass-reinforced plastic products had ``serious safety problems, including a dangerous and willful failure to address hazards that could lead to an explosion or fire.''
The company also had ``shortcomings'' in safety and health training, hazard communication and personal protective equipment procedures, OSHA said.
Company officials were not available for comment. The firm has 15 days to contest the allegations.
OSHA said it inspected the plant after it received complaints from local fire authorities about safety issues.
The most serious allegations are for improperly storing flammables, not having adequate fire doors and not having proper switches for ventilation and lighting inside the hazardous materials storage area, OSHA said.
OSHA previously had cited the company for several violations in May. The company, which employs about 140 at the Jefferson plant, paid $2,600 to resolve those complaints.
Durakon Industries opening Tenn. plant
CLINTON, TENN. - Durakon Industries Inc. will launch production at a new paint film production facility for its thermoformed automotive products later this year in Clinton.
The company announced March 4 it has appointed Andrew Obester as plant manager for the site, which is set to open in the second quarter.
The operation has been created through renovations to Durakon's two existing Clinton facilities.
Durakon, based in Lapeer, Mich., will use paint film from Tennessee for its increasing line of thermoformed parts. It supplements film production in Lerma, Mexico.
``Durakon's paint film manufacturing is key to our future success, and one of our most important facilities,'' President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Gniewek said in a news release. ``The laminated products have been well-received to date, and we expect that ... we will develop innovative new uses.''
The company established itself as a producer of truck bedliners, but has expanded recently to produce pickup-truck tonneau covers, cargo systems and exterior trim using film as a replacement for paint.
Obester previously oversaw industrial paint plant operations for X-Cel Industries Inc. of Southfield, Mich.