Bow closing New York pipe facility
MONTREAL - Pipe maker Bow Industrial Corp. is closing its plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Officials from the Montreal-based firm said 43 workers were laid off at the end of February and the remaining 25 will be laid off when the plant closes in 90 days. Bow has one other extrusion facility, in Granby, Ontario, which is about 100 miles from Plattsburgh.
``It just wasn't economically feasible to run both of them,'' said spokeswoman Dawn Smith. ``The business we're in is a commodity.''
Bow has been in business since 1959, supplying extruded pipe and tubing and injection molded fittings to the plumbing industry. Bow owns the Plattsburgh facility, which it has operated since 1969, processing various resins including ABS, PVC and cross-linked polyethylene. Smith could not provide the size of the facility or the amount of equipment there. She did say the equipment will be moved to Granby.
She said the firm had made major improvements at Granby in the past 18 months, but she did not elaborate.
Schneider loses bid for tax abatements
SOUTH LYON, MICH. - Lyon Township, Mich., officials have turned down a tax abatement request from German automotive supplier Dr. Schneider Kunstoffwerke GmbH on property that would house the company's North American operations.
The township trustees rejected the request Feb. 9 from the company's U.S. arm, Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Inc., although the company still would have access to more than $5 million worth of tax incentives from the state.
Lyon Township, near the suburb of South Lyon northwest of Detroit, has not granted abatements in the past because it already has the lowest tax rate in its county, said Township Superintendent Chris Olson. The community did offer to pay $174,000 to hook up the firm's complex to the community's sewer system.
The injection molder has discussed other potential sites for a plant, but Olson noted the company also has continued to submit construction plans.
Dr. Schneider, based in Kronach, Germany, produces interior, exterior and functional components for the auto industry with production in Europe and South America. Company executives could not be reached for comment.
SPI, OSHA renew safety partnership
WASHINGTON - The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. plans to expand its partnership with federal safety officials. The new effort will develop programs for companies that do thermoforming and extrusion.
Washington-based SPI and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced March 4 that they are renewing a voluntary safety partnership program they signed in 2002. The program had focused mainly on injection molding thus far, and had developed Web sites and Internet-based training tools on common hazards in the industry, such as machine guarding.
They also developed in-person training programs, and held workshops at last year's NPE trade show in Chicago: ``We've gotten really positive feedback,'' said Susan Howe, senior technical director for worker and product safety at SPI.
During the next two years, the two organizations want to expand it to thermoforming and extrusion, Howe said.
Howe said SPI and OSHA cannot quantify any specific reduction in injuries from the program, but said officials have been pleased with responses.
ART plans to buy New England Molders
FITCHBURG, MASS. - Cardiac equipment supplier Arrhythmia Research Technology Inc. plans to buy New England Molders Inc.
Fitchburg-based ART announced that it had signed a nonbinding letter of intent to buy the custom molder for about $1.5 million. It would acquire New England Molders through ART's Micron Products Inc. subsidiary.
Shrewsbury, Mass.-based New England Molders had sales of about $2 million last year.
Subject to due diligence and other conditions, ART expects to close the deal on or about April 15.