Toyota unit to make parts in Ontario
WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO - A Toyota auto parts subsidiary will set up shop near a new Canadian plant that will produce Toyota Rav4 sport utility vehicles in 2008.
Toyota Boshoku Canada will supply seating, door trim and carpet when it begins production in 2008 in Woodstock. The operation will ship parts for about 150,000 Rav4s that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada expects to build annually in Woodstock.
Toyota Boshoku Canada will invest C$65 million (US$57.4 million) in the parts facility. About 330 employees will work in the 269,000-square-foot building, officials announced July 10.
The Woodstock plant will be Toyota Boshoku's first wholly owned seating plant in North America. Toyota Boshoku Canada is a unit of Toyota Boshoku America in Novi, Mich. The latter is part of Toyota Boshoku Corp. of Aichi, Japan.
Plextron shares Offshore site in Mexico
TORONTO - Toronto-based Plextron Corp. plans to install a satellite operation in Saltillo, Mexico.
Plextron will have 35,000 square feet of industrial space in Offshore Group's La Angostura Industrial Park and employ 50-100. It agreed to a three-year contract for Offshore Group to provide manufacturing support in the form of shelter services.
``We chose to set up our Plexmex facility in Saltillo because of its central Mexican location, its close proximity to a large number of potential and current customers and its relative nearness to the U.S. border,'' Plextron President Dave McQueen said in a news release. Offshore made it easier for the firm to establish in Mexico, he added. He declined to provide more details.
Privately held Plexmex is a contract manufacturer specializing in injection molding, machining and assembly of plastic, mechanical and electrical components. Offshore Group of Tucson, Ariz., helps companies establish manufacturing in Mexico. Advantages of shelter services can include U.S. tax advantages and recourse to the U.S. legal system.
Alliance co-opts defunct Delphi plant
LANSING, MICH. - New auto supplier Alliance Interiors LLC will kick off its first full production line, at a Lansing facility making dashboard acoustic barriers and carpets for General Motors Corp.
Alliance, a joint venture of Detroit Technologies Inc. of Bingham Farms, Mich., and H.P. Pelzer Automotive Systems Inc. of Troy, Mich., is investing $5 million to create its 80-employee site in a former Delphi Corp. plant.
The company has room to expand in Lansing and expects to include plastics processing in the future, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Lychos said July 11 by telephone.
Recycling worker suffocates in blender
HEATH, OHIO - A worker died of asphyxiation June 22, when she fell into a large machine used to dry-blend plastic at Polymer Technologies and Services, a recycling company in Heath, authorities said.
Julia A. Arick, 42, of Newark, Ohio, climbed up onto the machine, then fell in.
Pam Cocanour, an investigator with the coroner's office in Licking County, Ohio, said Arick's chest was compressed in the machine and she was unable to breath.
According to Heath police, Arick was working alone as the operator of the machine. A fellow worker discovered she was not at her workstation. After a short search, a co-worker found that she had fallen into the blender bin and called 911. She was dead when rescue workers arrived.
Polymer Technologies and Services converts plastic scrap into pellets. Company officials could not be reached for comment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.
Plastech plant closing to cut 100 jobs
DEARBORN, MICH. - Plastech Engineered Products Inc. will close its Owosso, Mich., factory, ending about 100 jobs.
A spokeswoman for the Dearborn-based firm said it would have no comment, but the company has informed workers in Owosso that it expects to move injection molding operations from Owosso to other plants in the region.
Some of the workers will have a chance to follow their jobs to those sites, economic development officials said. The Owosso plant is slated to close by mid-August. The plant was acquired as part of LDM Technologies Inc. in 2004.