Webster to join Parker Seal division
FAIRPORT, N.Y. - Custom injection molder Webster Plastics Inc. is being integrated into the Parker Seal Group of Parker Hannifin Corp. after the acquisition in November of Webster's parent company, Acadia Elastomers Corp.
Webster operates a 75,000-square-foot plant in Fairport that provides conventional molding, two-shot molding and micro-cellular molding for electronic, business machine, health care, automotive and other markets. It has received awards from Industry Week magazine for lean manufacturing and from the Society of Plastics Engineers for innovative use of plastics.
The addition of Webster to the seal group is complementary and will expand the group's product line, noted Parker Seal Group President Heinz Droxner in a news release. Webster will work closely with the group's Chomerics Division, a business focusing on specialty materials.
Parker Hannifin of Cleveland has sales of more than $7 billion a year in motion and control technologies. Acadia, of Roanoke, Va., had annual sales of about $145 million in transmission piston seals and similar products. It acquired Webster in 1998.
N.C. dept. clears firm of fatality charge
SPINDALE, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Labor exonerated Molding Dynamics Inc. in a Jan. 10 fatality.
The department informed the Spindale firm Feb. 11 that its investigation found no violations of the state's Occupational Safety & Health Act. An employee was killed at the custom injection molder when a spring-loaded slide came loose and hit him in the head while he was trying to remove a mold hot runner.
The firm's markets include housewares and home and garden.
Delphi's CEO Battenberg plans to retire
TROY, MICH. - The world's biggest auto supplier is looking for a new leader.
J.T. Battenberg announced Feb. 23 he will retire this year as chairman and chief executive officer of Troy-based Delphi Corp.
``My timetable is somewhat flexible,'' the 61-year-old Battenberg said in a news release. ``I will remain fully engaged with the management team until my successor is on board and up to speed.''
Delphi's board will conduct an international search for the firm's next CEO, with candidates from inside and outside the auto industry. Earlier this year, the board named Rodney O'Neal president, taking that title from Battenberg.
Battenberg has led Delphi since it was spun off from General Motors Corp. in 1999. The Society of Plastics Engineers' Automotive Division gave the executive its first Lifetime Leadership Award in 2001 for his willingness to back plastics innovations.
Rayco building facility, changing name
COOPERSVILLE, MICH. - Injection molder and toolmaker Rayco Mold & Manufacturing LLC is breaking ground for a new building, and changing its name as a part of the move.
Rayco will become Reeves Plastics LLC as it moves into a 21,000-square-foot factory in Coopersville, replacing two leased buildings in nearby Wyoming, Mich., co-owner David Reeves said Feb. 25 by telephone. The 30-employee firm will move its fleet of 15 presses, ranging from 50-300 tons. David Reeves and his wife Sharon bought the business in 2000.
The firm turns out parts for the office furniture, appliance, marine and vending machine industries. Its in-house toolmaking shop turns out molds for itself and outside businesses.
Construction of the $170,000 Coopersville facility will begin in March, with the renamed Reeves set to move in by fall.
Fire destroys Mid Thumb Material plant
PORT HURON, MICH. - Plastics recycler Mid Thumb Material of Clyde Township, Mich., had its facility destroyed by fire on Feb. 22, according to the Port Huron Times Herald.
Fire officials did not return calls seeking comment. The newspaper named Mike Humphries as owner and identified the company as a recycler of post-consumer plastics.
According to that paper's report, the fire started around noon while employees were at lunch. There were no injuries.