Rubbermaid shifting jobs within Ohio
SANDY SPRINGS, GA. - Newell Rubbermaid Inc. will move 240 administrative jobs within Ohio from Wooster to Fairlawn.
Spokeswoman Keri Butler said the move will include marketing, sales, finance and design employees and will be finished in late May or early June. All of the jobs moving to Fairlawn - about 45 miles north of Wooster - come from the firm's Home Products unit.
An unspecified number of jobs in Rubbermaid's Food Service Products unit are moving from Wooster to Charlotte, N.C., Butler said.
Rubbermaid in December had announced plans to close the Wooster operations, which employ a total of 1,250, including 850 in manufacturing. Now, about 150 jobs will remain in Wooster, where the company will continue to do some warehousing.
Sandy Springs-based Newell Rubbermaid blamed the Wooster cuts on the high cost of running the facility. Rubbermaid also closed a Commercial Products plant in Greenville, N.C., last month and has closed seven other U.S. manufacturing sites since early 2003.
Atlantis worker dies in forklift incident
ATLANTA - An employee at Atlantis Plastics Inc.'s injection molding plant in Warren, Ohio, was killed April 25 in a forklift incident, federal safety officials said.
James Wilson was killed about 11 p.m. Sunday, but officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration declined to provide details because the incident is under investigation. Joe Warner, assistant area director with OSHA's Cleveland office, said he could not say when the review would be complete.
WKBN-TV in nearby Youngstown, Ohio, reported that an employee said that Wilson, 25, of Niles, was operating a tow motor, but got off the machine while it was in motion and was pinned when he tried to get back on.
A person who answered the phone at the plant said the company, which is based in Atlanta, had no comment while the case was under investigation.
A review of OSHA safety records shows that an inspection in July at the Warren plant found four ``serious'' violations involving standards for machinery, electrical equipment and handling of liquefied petroleum gases.
The company paid $2,957 in fines.
Scientific Molding forms medical unit
SOMERSET, WIS. - Scientific Molding Corp. Ltd. has formed a medical manufacturing division and converted a facility for assembly and production. The project expanded SMC's longtime precision services to medical-device makers.
``We have made substantial investments in systems, processes, knowledge base and people experienced in this kind of work,'' Chetan Patel, owner and president of the Somerset-based company, said by telephone. ``We are looking at 25 percent growth this year, almost all in medical.''
He would not provide sales data.
Within the retrofitted, 25,000-square-foot building, SMC set up a Class 10,000 clean room and a white room, totaling 15,000 square feet. The company started production in January under ISO 9001:2000 and 13488:1996 and Food and Drug Administration guidelines. SMC is making packaged medical devices, complex mechanical and electronic assemblies and simple medical subassemblies.
One block away, the firm's consumer products division designs new products under the SMC Innovations brand and handles molding, toolmaking and contract manufacturing in an 80,000-square-foot plant. The company uses multiresin, multicolor and two-shot overmolding techniques.
SMC was formed in 1988, employs 220 and operates 40 injection molding machines with clamping forces of 35-600 tons.
DuPont to expand N.C. sheet facility
WILMINGTON, DEL. - DuPont Co. will spend $15 million at its Fayetteville, N.C., plant to increase production of its polymer interlayer sheets used to add strength to architectural and automotive safety glass.
The expansion announced April 29 will add a third production line at the facility making the company's Butacite polyvinyl butyral sheets. Wilmington-based DuPont also will add 40 jobs when the line launches in early 2005.
The bulk of the PVB sheet made at Fayetteville goes to glass processors for architectural uses, although some also is used for windshields and other auto safety systems. The interlayer, marketed as SentryGlas Plus, originally was developed for hurricane-resistant safety glass, but also has been used in glass stairs at Apple Computer stores, a courtroom ceiling and an atrium roof.