Vinyl window firm expanding into Texas
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Silver Line Building Products Corp. plans to expand in Texas.
The North Brunswick-based vinyl window firm has had a distribution site in Dallas for eight years. By July 1, it will begin fabricating at a 180,000-square-foot, leased site in Garland, Texas, President Ken Silverman said in an April 1 telephone interview.
That move will be temporary, until Silver Line can finish construction of a 300,000-square-foot site, which will be a vertically integrated operation set to begin extrusion operations in late 2005, Silverman said.
``We have so much going on,'' he said, noting that he wants to stay focused on vinyl and growing his firm organically.
Silver Line operates extrusion sites in North Brunswick; Marion, Ohio; Lithia Springs, Ga.; and Fall River, Mass. The firm also is equipping a fabrication site in Lansing, Ill., with extrusion lines.
Crosstex expands to vacated Pa. site
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - Crosstex International Inc. has started a satellite film operation in a Sharon, Pa., facility vacated by a former supplier.
Crosstex, a producer of medical products, including flexible disposables, bought some equipment from Pennsak Inc. and is running the equipment at Pennsak's former plant, Crosstex Executive Vice President Gary Steinberg said in a telephone interview. Crosstex, based in Hauppauge, is laminating polypropylene/PET film, making polyethylene film and bags and doing printing at Sharon.
Pennsak shut down effective March 22, said the company's president, Jeffrey Rabiea. Pennsak has been liquidated because it ran into a cash crunch while it tried to diversify into laminated films after mainly focusing on the crowded market for PE bags, he said.
Steinberg said Crosstex initially bought some of the assets in Sharon to ensure supply, but it will continue to operate the plant because ``there are some talented people there.'' It is shifting some production from Hauppauge to Sharon to take advantage of the expertise and extra equipment.
Crosstex markets a broad slate of medical products globally.
North American Pipe sells PE equipment
HOUSTON - Houston-based North American Pipe Corp. has sold its polyethylene pipe processing equipment to a Dallas-based fittings supplier.
Independent Pipe Products Inc. acquired equipment from North American Pipe's site in Van Buren, Ark. That site primarily is dedicated to PVC pipe production; PE represented only about 30 million pounds of throughput annually, according to several sources.
North American Pipe officials did not return calls seeking comment before deadline. Officials at Independent Pipe Products confirmed the transaction, but provided no details.
Music firm EMI closing Ill. disc facility
LONDON - Music company EMI Group plc of London plans to outsource its disc manufacturing in the United States and Europe, closing a plant in Jacksonville, Ill., and affecting 900 jobs.
Cinram International Inc. of Scarborough, Ontario, and Amersfoort, Netherlands-based MediaMotion BV will take over production. EMI will transfer ownership of a plant in Uden, the Netherlands, to MediaMotion, which said it will hire about 400 of the workers.
EMI retains production at joint venture facilities in Japan and Australia and a small facility in Canada. The firm recorded sales of 2.1 billion ($3.31 billion) for fiscal 2003, ended in March.
JCI moving visor production to Mexico
PLYMOUTH, MICH. - Johnson Controls Inc. will shift its sun-visor production to Mexico to reduce costs, cutting 885 jobs at a Holland, Mich., plant.
The firm's Plymouth-based automotive unit needs to reduce costs to remain competitive, and moving the work to its Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, interiors facility will provide a price break, JCI said in a March 29 news release.
The move will affect all sun visor assembly cells and related operations, which will include some plastics, although company officials did not say immediately how much processing is involved. The work will move to Mexico during the next 18 months.
Production, design and engineering for visors will remain in Holland.
Door panel production, which employs 427, will continue at the same Holland plant, executives said.