Royal Plastics fined in worker's death
WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO - Royal Plastics Ltd. was fined C$130,000 (US$105,000) for a safety violation resulting in a worker's death.
The company, a subsidiary of Royal Group Technologies Ltd. of Woodbridge, pleaded guilty to the violation and was fined April 15 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket, Ontario.
On July 10, 2003, a worker who had been preparing to transport bags of resin from a storage facility in Concord, Ontario, was found pinned under a 2,200-pound bag. According to an Ontario Ministry of Labour statement, it appeared the worker was using a fork lift to move resin bags when he clipped a bottom bag in a row stacked two bags high.
He attempted to staunch resin spilling from the bag with a rag, then got a shovel to clean up the spill. Investigators believe resin continued spilling from the bag, making the one on top unstable and causing it to fall about 4 feet onto the worker.
The incident occurred at Royal Plastics' warehouse. The company pleaded guilty for failing to provide information, instruction and supervision on safe procedures for handling, storing, moving and repairing damaged bags. In addition to the fine, Royal Plastics was charged a 25 percent victim fine surcharge that goes into a special fund to assist crime victims.
Durant plant sold to granite company
DURANT, OKLA. - A building in Durant that housed a plastic toy injection molding operation was sold to a local firm affiliated with a granite company.
The Durant Plastics facility recently was closed by its owner, Processed Plastic Co. of Montgomery, Ill. Sheldon Good and Co. Auctions LLC of Chicago finalized the sale of the 70,000-square-foot building April 8. The purchaser was Leo Properties LLC, an affiliate of Allied Stone Inc. of Durant, according to a spokesman for the auctioneer.
Processed Plastic officials did not return calls to explain why the plant was closed or whether its production was moved elsewhere, as indicated by local news reports. Processed Plastic has a 400,000-square-foot operation in Montgomery, according to information provided on the firm's Web site. It also relies on outsourcing from suppliers in China. The family-owned business makes ride-on toys, seasonal play items, storage units, figures and similar toys.
Stopol Inc. auctioned Durant Plastics' equipment Feb. 10. The sale included more than 20 injection presses and more than 600 toy molds. Solon, Ohio-based Stopol said Durant Plastics' parent company, Strombecker Corp., recently was bought by Processed Plastic, which decided to liquidate the Durant plant.
China's Tongling Trinity opens U.S. site
SLINGER, WIS. - A Chinese producer of extrusion profile tooling and downstream equipment has set up a sales and service office near Milwaukee.
Trinity North America Inc. of Slinger represents Tongling Trinity Technology Co. Ltd., according to Trinity President and part owner Sean Kelly. It offers made-in-China tooling for foam, rigid PVC profiles and wood/plastic composites, and for downstream equipment such as calibration tables, hauloffs and saws, Kelly said in a telephone interview.
Tongling Trinity has been active for three years in North America, but this is its first office, Kelly said. He is signing up tooling and machinery technicians to support U.S. sales. Kelly said he has more than 10 years of experience in the firm's product lines, and he previously was sales and marketing director for Technoplast International Inc. of Bridgeport, N.J.
Kelly said his firm's turnaround time is helped by the fact that Tongling Trinity is the largest extrusion tools and downstream machinery producer in China and can make about 1,500 tools a year.
Tongling Trinity also runs an office in Europe, Trinity Technology GmbH in Ansfelden, Austria.
Auction slated for Plastipak equipment
LA PRAIRIE, QUEBEC - Plastipak Industries Inc. has exited custom injection molding to focus on thin-wall packaging.
The La Prairie firm is auctioning equipment at its Brampton, Ontario, facility, its sole custom molding operation. Auctioneer CIA CPCC Inc. of Montreal will handle the April 28 sale.
Plastipak President Normand Tanguay said his firm laid off Brampton employees in mid-February. Most of the operation's equipment will be sold because it is not suited for thin-wall packaging, he said in a telephone interview. Machinery to be sold includes 17 Engel presses with clamping forces up to 300 tons, plus larger presses made by Farrel, Van Dorn and HPM. Toolroom equipment and auxiliary machinery also will be sold.
``We spent enough energy on custom molding,'' Tanguay said. The market is more competitive, partly because some automotive molders lost business and looked elsewhere to replace it.
Plastipak continues with packaging injection molding plants in Toronto, Cookshire, Quebec, and Regina, Saskatchewan.