Tax incentives aid Emerald expansion
PLYMOUTH, WIS. - Injection molder Emerald Graphics Corp. will receive $3.1 million in tax incentives to help finance its $9 million expansion in Michigan.
The Plymouth-based company had considered a competing location in Texas, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. noted in its March 15 announcement on Emerald's plans.
With new painting and molding facilities in the Grand Rapids, Mich., suburbs of Cascade Township and Kentwood, the firm will add 347 direct jobs to the region, MEDC officials said. The two local communities are expected to add another $202,000 in their own tax abatements.
Emerald Graphics specializes in coatings for injection molded parts. Executives for Emerald Graphics were not immediately available to comment on the plans. John Kennedy, who also owns auto supplier Autocam Corp., owns Emerald.
Pacific to make plastic components
FAIRFIELD, OHIO - Pacific Manufacturing Ohio Inc., a metal-stamping company, plans to start making plastic components such as engine covers for Toyota Motor Corp.
The company recently won a 65 percent, 10-year tax abatement for a new, 80,000-square-foot plastics facility on an 8-acre lot near its Fairfield facility. According to a news release from officials in Butler County, Ohio, the company is spending between $8.5 million and $13.5 million for the land and new machinery.
Pacific plans to hire 28 workers. The company, a unit of Pacific Industrial Co. Ltd. of Ogaki-Shi, Japan, did not return telephone calls.
ACC seeks to expand testing program
ARLINGTON, VA. - The American Chemistry Council and two other trade groups are proposing a major expansion of a testing program that makes chemical health information widely available to the public.
The groups said March 15 that they would ask their member companies to submit basic health data on 500 chemicals not covered by the High Production Volume testing program when it was launched in 1998.
The program was started by ACC, the Environmental Protection Agency and the group Environmental Defense, after studies found that basic health data was not publicly available on more than 90 percent of chemicals in widespread use.
ACC, the Soap and Detergent Association and the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association said they also want to expand the HPV program to include use and exposure information on the 500 new chemicals and the 2,200 chemicals already covered.
The program provides safety data on chemicals made or imported at more than 1 million pounds annually. When the program started, it used 1990 data, and the 500 chemicals now to be added did not qualify, said Steve Russell, assistant general counsel of Arlington-based ACC.
Environmental Defense said that while it welcomes the proposal, the group is concerned that the plan will give companies the chance to skimp on data if they deem a chemical a low risk, and that it will not provide enough public review or data to assess risk.
The industry report follows an ED report in mid-2004 that said hundreds of chemicals were being left out of the HPV process.
SPI's Bonnie Merrill Limbach resigns
WASHINGTON - Bonnie Merrill Limbach, who led government affairs and communications efforts at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., has resigned from the trade association, SPI said March 14.
Limbach, who worked for SPI from 1988-91 and rejoined the group in 1999, was senior vice president for public affairs and communications. Her resignation, which takes effect immediately, comes two weeks after new SPI President William Carteaux formally took over at the Washington-based association.
In a news release, SPI did not give a reason for the resignation, but said Limbach was instrumental in developing the association's new exhibit at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Florida, and credited her with building SPI's role in industry communications.
SPI said it will search for a replacement for Limbach.