Newcomer Harrison looking to expand
JACKSON, MISS. - Scott Harrison originally moved to Mississippi to help an auto supplier launch a factory for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.'s new assembly plant in Canton, Miss.
Now he has become a supplier himself, buying a Jackson injection molding operation that is a second-tier supplier to Nissan and looking at opportunities to expand.
Harrison bought the assets of the former Accelerated Plastics in July to create Harrison Manufacturing LLC. He has added eight employees to the 14 who worked for Accelerated, and said during a Nov. 15 telephone interview that he is in talks to expand the facility.
Harrison Manufacturing makes a variety of interior parts including sun visors, door panel trim and control covers for Nissan supplier M-Tek Inc., in addition to other automotive and nonautomotive items. The firm has 14 presses with clamping forces of 20-500 tons and also does some assembly.
Harrison said he had worked for various auto suppliers before finding a business opportunity as a molder in Jackson. The Accelerated Plastics plant had a good, strong workforce that was ready for new opportunities.
While Harrison Manufacturing has more production on tap for M-Tek, Harrison said he also is looking for work with other companies in the auto supply industry in the South.
Plasticware seeks start-up financing
NEW YORK - A new company, Plasticware LLC, is setting up production in Bethlehem, N.Y., to make polypropylene cups, lids and plates.
A business plan filed with the Bethlehem Industrial Development Authority outlined some of the details. Plasticware is based in New York. Officials reached there by telephone Nov. 15 would not provide further comment.
The business plan says that Plasticware will invest $27 million in equipment and machinery, with plans to convert a 354,000-square-foot plant. Company officials applied to the Bethlehem IDA for $44 million in bonds to finance the project. One official did say the application process is complete and the banks were evaluating business plans.
According to the plan, the company will employ nearly 80 in its first year of operation. The firm said it has received offers from large national distributors to purchase all of its new products, with proposed contracts extending five years from the operation's start-up.
Urethane auto parts firm forms China JV
Dayton, Ohio - Urethane molder Dayton Polymeric Products Inc. has launched a joint venture in China to make parts for its customers there.
The Dayton-based auto supplier announced Nov. 11 it has formed a joint venture with Her Taiy International Ltd. to create Dayton Polymeric China Ltd. in Zhongshan, China.
The venture will make automotive and industrial products for customers already in China, said DPP President Bill Palmer. Product development and U.S.-focused production will remain in Dayton.
DPP makes a variety of auto parts, including interior cover skins, energy- and noise-absorbing foams and mats, using pour-in-place molding and high- and low-pressure foaming techniques.
Her Taiy is a custom molder of urethane shoe soles and industrial parts for companies in China and the United States.
Bemis consolidates HQ in Neenah, Wis.
MINNEAPOLIS - Flexible packaging firm Bemis Co. Inc. will relocate corporate headquarters to Neenah, Wis., a move it expects to complete by May.
Bemis has deep roots in Minneapolis, since opening a factory there in 1881. But after acquiring 18 businesses in the past 15 years, Bemis officials said Wisconsin has become the geographic site of the firm's largest investments and operations.
``Now, we have a significant employer position in Wisconsin,'' Melanie Miller, treasurer, said by telephone Nov. 18. The management team had been split between Neenah and Minneapolis, she said.
``We'll be able to work together better and support each other,'' Miller said.
Bemis will lease office space in Neenah, and will retain its Minneapolis site for administrative offices.