IAPD executive director leaving in fall
LEAWOOD, KAN. - Deborah Hamlin is stepping down after a decade as executive director of the International Association of Plastic Distributors.
While Hamlin held the top post, the Leawood-based trade group developed an educational program, training CD and online test; reorganized its volunteer structure; and increased participation at meetings. She said her IAPD experience ``challenged me and helped me to grow personally and professionally.''
IAPD hopes to have a new director in place by its 50th annual convention, to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, September 13-16. Hamlin's departure will be official in the fall.
IAPD represents plastics distributors and makers of stock shapes such as sheet, rod, tube and film. The organization has almost 400 member companies.
Micron Products forms new division
FITCHBURG, MASS. - Micron Products Inc. on Jan. 3 formed Micron Integrated Technologies, a division making metal and plastic components for the medical and defense industries.
``The expansion of Micron's offerings with this division will better serve our existing customer base and allow for diversification into new markets,'' James Rouse, president and chief executive officer of Arrhythmia Research Technology Inc., the company's parent, said in a news release.
The division will provide design, engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, machining, assembly and packaging services. The new division has an engineering department and is promoting product-development speed with in-house, value-added services, said Daniel White, director of business development.
Micron Products and the new unit are in the same building in Fitchburg. Micron Products manufactures silver-plated and nonsilver-plated conductive resin sensors and distributes metal snaps used in the making of disposable medical electrodes.
The company also can use the services of New England Molders Inc., a Shrewsbury, Mass.-based division acquired in April 2004. It is a custom injection molder of products for the medical, electronic, industrial and consumer industries.
Fitchburg-based Arrhythmia Research Technology, a publicly traded company, also develops and licenses medical software to acquire data and analyze electrical impulses of the heart.
Brady buys vinyl film converter J.A.M.
ANAHEIM, CALIF. - Brady Corp. of Milwaukee acquired vinyl film converter J.A.M. Plastics Inc. of Anaheim from the Buettell family Dec. 29. Terms were not disclosed.
J.A.M. specializes in badge holders, lanyards and retractable badge reels and offers about 900 products that attach an identification card to a neck lanyard. The line of ID accessories is complementary to Brady's Temtec security badges and Stopware visitor management software products.
J.A.M.'s manufacturing uses radio-frequency sealing of vinyl film. Outside injection molders supply the retractable reels.
J.A.M. Plastics employs 80 at its 24,000-square-foot plant. It had sales of $10.5 million for the fiscal year ended May 31. Asked about the impact of resin pricing, Bruce Buettell said J.A.M.'s current cost for vinyl film is about 22 percent higher than it was in mid-2004.
Brady named Jim Lampert on-site manager at J.A.M. and Dana Milkie as business integration manager. Bruce Buettell, who served as president, will work as a consultant.
Publicly traded Brady reported profit of $81.9 million on sales of $816.4 million for the fiscal year ended July 31.
Swiss consortium buys Lego mold shop
STEINHAUSEN, SWITZERLAND - Lego Group's injection mold building factory in Steinhausen will remain open next year under new ownership.
Lego recently announced it is moving mold making out of the facility because it is uncompetitive with mold makers in Eastern Europe and China.
A Swiss consortium is buying the mold-making plant, Lego said Dec. 12. The consortium has expertise in tool building, finance and lean management. The operation will be renamed Wisi'on Tool AG. All 62 current employees will keep their jobs, according to Lego. The new owners will invest in new machinery and renovate the plant to make a broader range of tools.