Rubbermaid seeks tax breaks to add jobs
SANDY SPRINGS, GA. -Rubbermaid Home Products has applied for a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement for job creation and manufacturing expansion at its Perry Township, Ohio, facility, near Canton.
The tax break would allow Rubbermaid to add more than 100 new full-time jobs and 40 part-time positions over a three-year period. Township trustee Craig Chessler said the agreement calls for an investment of $3 million, including job development, fixtures and equipment.
Part of the plan is to relocate jobs from Rubbermaid's landmark Wooster, Ohio, location, and a production site in Sebring, Ohio, that sister firm Little Tikes Co. recently closed. The Perry Township site currently employs 210.
According to the Ohio Enterprise Zone Agreement, the abatement and expansion project are necessary for Rubbermaid to be competitive in the domestic housewares industry, and to acquire the necessary assets to be competitive. The agreement would allow the project to be completed within Perry Township, as opposed to alternative locations outside of the township and outside the state - options that have been offered to Rubbermaid.
Officials with parent company Newell Rubbermaid Inc. of Sandy Springs did not return several calls seeking comment
The tax abatement still has to be approved by the township and county commissioners. Rubbermaid Home Products has scheduled auctions of injection molding equipment from shuttered sites in Cleburne, Texas; and Wooster.
In 2002, Rubbermaid Home Products aborted tax-break efforts at the same facility, which had belonged to Century Products, because of delays in the process.
At that time, Newell Rubbermaid officials cited outdated equipment as one reason they were closing the baby products plant, which was reopened in 2003 for the Home Products division.
Russell-Stanley closing S.C. drum plant
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - Industrial plastic and steel drum company Russell-Stanley Corp. plans to close its Simpsonville, S.C., plant July 1, according to state records.
The Bridgewater company told the South Carolina Employment Security Commission it will close the facility, where it employs 23 of its own workers and 21 people provided by a temporary employment agency, according to a commission spokesman.
Russell-Stanley started a plastic drum recycling operation in Simpsonville in 2002 by installing washing lines and blow molding machines. The operation turned discarded plastic drums into Infinity-brand, recycled-content drums. The company at that time estimated it would use about 5 million pounds of resin a year, including high-molecular-weight high density polyethylene recovered from scrap drums.
In 2001, the firm closed its Allentown, Pa., plastic drum operation to cut costs.
Simpsonville took over plastic drum reconditioning services, but most plastic drum manufacturing was relocated to a South Brunswick, N.J., operation, one of several in North America that made plastic drums.
Russell-Stanley officials did not return telephone calls seeking comment on the Simpsonville closure.
Woodbridge fined for fatal safety breach
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - Automotive foam major Woodbridge Foam Corp. of Mississauga was fined C$175,000 (US$130,000) for a safety violation that resulted in an employee's death last year.
A worker was loading foam into a shredder March 4, 2003, when he entered the shredder and later was found dead. Ontario's Ministry of Labour investigated the incident and found that an assembly on the machine was not working.
The assembly was designed to stop the shredder when more than 70 pounds of pressure was placed on a plate entering the shredder. When the worker entered the shredder, accumulated waste foam particles on the safety assembly prevented it from working.
The ministry ruled the assembly was not properly maintained and Woodbridge Foam pleaded guilty.
The death occurred in a baler room at the firm's facility in Woodbridge, a Toronto suburb.