Leon Plastics employee killed on job
WYOMING, MICH. - An employee of Wyoming-based Leon Plastics Inc. died Nov. 2 after being struck by a moving part while working on a compression molding machine.
Martin Nimptsch, 30, worked as a plastics engineer for the custom molder. He died at the scene.
The incident is being investigated by both the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Wyoming Police Department. MIOSHA officials declined to comment pending the investigation.
Lt. Scott Beckman of the Wyoming Police Department said the department is assisting MIOSHA.
``We don't have anything specific,'' Beckman said. ``We're looking at operator error and we're looking at the machine itself.''
Leon Plastics officials did not return phone calls.
Blue Water expanding Mich. operation
Marysville, Mich. - Blue Water Automotive Systems Inc. will invest $6.5 million to expand its injection molding facility in St. Clair, Mich., adding 35 jobs.
The Marysville-based company was created when Sarnamotive Blue Water was acquired recently by financial group KPS Special Situations Fund II of New York, through its BWAS Holdings Inc. affiliate.
The state of Michigan and the city of St. Clair provided more than $900,000 in tax abatements and job training grants to persuade Blue Water to expand in St. Clair, rather than taking the work to Mexico, state officials said in a Nov. 3 news release.
Blue Water already employs 160 at the St. Clair plant. The expansion is under way, with new equipment and jobs expected to be added in January.
Collins & Aikman to shut Nashville site
TROY, MICH. - Collins & Aikman Corp. has marked another injection molding plant for closure, with its Nashville, Tenn., interior parts facility set to shut down by the end of 2006.
The Troy-based auto supplier has been operating since May under Chapter 11 protection of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit and restructuring its holdings.
The Nashville facility employs 350 people and makes a variety of hard trim for multiple customers. Chief Executive Officer Frank Macher said in a Nov. 1 news release that Collins & Aikman expects to make more changes as it continues consolidating.
In October the company said it would close its Westland, Mich., molding plant, moving production to other C&A sites. That plant employs 250.
Wilbert laying off 56 workers in Florida
BROADVIEW, ILL. - Wilbert Inc. has notified the state of Florida that it will lay off all 56 employees at its Auburndale, Fla., thermoforming facility in November.
The notice, posted online by the state Re-employment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team, states that layoffs will occur between Nov. 14 through Nov. 18. Wilbert officials did not return telephone calls.
The company, which is headquartered in Broadview, Ill., is a large heavy-gauge thermoformer and also makes concrete burial vaults and other funeral-service products.
Trident assets auction set for Nov. 17
VAUGHAN, ONTARIO - Assets of blow molder Trident Plastics Inc. will be auctioned at the firm's Vaughan facility.
Trident was established in 2002 and at one time employed 40, according to an entry in Canadian Plastics 2005 Buyers' Guide. Spergel & Associates Inc. of Toronto is acting as receiver for Trident. A Spergel spokesman would not comment on Trident's demise. Efforts to contact Trident's owners were unsuccessful.
Danbury Sales of Toronto will auction Trident's equipment Nov. 17. The equipment includes nine Automa blow molding machines with 8- to 10-liter capacity, feeders, grinders and leak testers. For sale by private treaty is a 2004 Automa twin-head, 15-liter blow molding machine. Danbury said the machine cost more than US$500,000 when it was installed in March.
Danbury stressed that the company being auctioned is not related to U.S. plastics distributor Trident Plastics Inc. of Ivyland, Pa.