SPI restructures executives' duties
WASHINGTON - The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has restructured duties among its senior executives, including giving President Don Duncan less day-to-day management responsibility.
The Washington-based trade group announced Aug. 3 that Executive Vice President Catherine Randazzo will become chief operating officer, with oversight of all SPI operating and administrative units.
Bonnie Limbach, chief communications officer, will assume responsibility for directing government relations. The previous director of government relations, Lori Anderson, is leaving this month to take over as head of the International Sign Association in Alexandria, Va. SPI also plans to hire a senior level lobbyist, Limbach said.
Limbach said the changes would let Duncan assume a more public role in areas like testifying before Congress and on issues like fluoropolymer regulation.
SPI also said Lynne Harris has been promoted to vice president of science and technology. He previously had similar duties as the association's science, technology and regulatory affairs officer.
Guardian auto parts use paint replacement
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. - Guardian Industries Corp. is joining the automotive suppliers offering thermoformed exterior trim using a paint replacement.
Guardian Automotive, based in Auburn Hills, is installing a thermoformer and computer numerically controlled router in New Bern, N.C., to mold parts using a laminated paint film sheet from adjacent Southtech Plastics Inc.
Southtech upgraded its own operations earlier this year with a clean room to make paint film specifically for the auto industry.
Thermoforming will allow Guardian to provide parts with a high-quality paint match at lower costs than those relying on injection molding, said Steve Markevich, senior vice president for the automotive unit, in an Aug. 4 announcement.
Putting the equipment near the film supply of Southtech also will help ensure quality, he said.
``Shortening the feedback loop between thermoforming, lamination and extrusion will offer significant benefits,'' he said. ``We also expect to see lead times, inventory and overall supply chain improvements through this arrangement.''
Technimark expanding N.C. head office
ASHEBORO, N.C. - Injection molder Technimark Inc. will expand its facility in Asheboro, following an Aug. 2 meeting with local officials.
Technimark was considering expansion at the headquarters site in Asheboro or at facilities in Fayetteville, N.C. Randolph County and the city of Asheboro offered economic incentives totaling $630,000, for the project that will mean the construction of a 31,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.
Officials said construction will begin immediately, with the first phase scheduled for completion in the first half of 2005. The expansion means the addition of 15-20 presses and nearly 80 employees over a three-year period, according to President Don Wellington.
According to Plastics News data, Technimark had 2003 sales of $100 million with four molding locations in Asheboro; one in Fayetteville; and three in Mexico. According to information from the Randolph County Economic Development Corp., company officials said the expansion will serve a growing customer base with the addition of highly automated manufacturing technology.
Sterilite faces OSHA fine in fatal accident
TOWNSEND, MASS. - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to fine housewares manufacturer Sterilite Corp. $4,250 for an accident that killed a worker in February.
Employee Sixto Otero, 25, was killed Feb. 7 at the company's Townsend headquarters plant when he tried to dislodge an obstruction from an injection molding machine but became trapped in the press, police said at the time. He died at the scene.
In announcing its fine Aug. 2, OSHA said the company committed two serious violations of safety standards for not having proper procedures for lockout/tagout and hazardous energy control. The maximum fine for each violation is $7,000.
Company officials could not be reached for comment. Under OSHA rules, the company has 15 days to contest the charges.