Plastics firms merge under Dickten Masch
NASHOTAH, WIS. - Dickten Masch Plastics LLC is the new name and brand carried by three companies with a common owner.
Dickten & Masch Manufacturing Co. - along with sister companies Techniplas Inc. and Trostel Specialty Elastomers Group Inc. - have shared the same owner, Everett Smith Group Ltd. of Milwaukee, since October 2004. Now they will share a common name, according to a news release from Randall Perry, president and chief executive officer of Dickten Masch Plastics.
The new entity has thermoplastic injection molding capability of 28-3,000 tons. It also has compression and thermoset injection molding presses of 55-800 tons.
Dickten Masch is headquartered in Nashotah.
Jyco plans to extrude TVP seals in Mexico
DEXTER, MICH. - Jyco Sealing Technologies is expanding its manufacturing to Mexico, with plans to launch three to four extrusion lines by the end of this year.
The Dexter-based auto supplier has contracted with Offshore Group to lease 18,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Guaymas, Mexico.
Jyco previously had an engineering and sales office in Mexico, but now will produce thermoplastic vulcanizate seals and molds, said Sergio Garcia, executive account manager, in a July 26 telephone interview.
The site provides easy access to nearly all of the auto assembly plants in the country, Garcia said.
Jyco expects to hire as many as 40 people during full production.
Metal-stamping JV to make auto parts
RAVENSWOOD, W.VA. - A.K. of West Virginia Corp., a $10 million joint venture between metal-stamping companies, opened June 26 to make medium-size automotive components.
The new company is a 50-50 joint venture of K.S. Co. Ltd. of West Virginia and ASKA Corp. of Kariya, Japan. A.K.'s site was built adjacent to the K.S. facility in Ravenswood.
Tim Bailey, executive vice president and general manager of K.S., said the new facility is starting slowly, making a part for engine mounts. It also will do welding and assembly and could hire as many as 100 workers in the future, according to a news release from West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III.
The firm does some insert injection molding, but that process makes up less than 10 percent of its business, Bailey said.
Hadlock investing in $1.3 million project
GENEVA, OHIO - Composites producer Hadlock Plastics Inc. plans to expand before the end of the year.
The Geneva firm will add 23,000 square feet of manufacturing space to its current 60,000 to accommodate growth from existing and new customers, said owner Glen Hadlock in a telephone interview. Most of the extra space will support expansion in compression molding and fiberglass hand layup.
Hadlock Plastics will invest about $1.3 million in the expansion, which includes another molding machine.
Other processes performed by the company include resin transfer molding, glass preform, low-pressure compression and open molding. Fabrication includes computer numerically controlled machining, electromagnetic frequency shielding, decorating and painting, bonding, assembly and testing.
The company employs about 110, Hadlock said.
Polyscope to produce SMA in Netherlands
ROERMOND, NETHERLANDS - A newly formed European company, whose backers include former GE Plastics top executives, plans to start production of styrene maleic anhydride copolymers in Geleen, the Netherlands, later this year.
Polyscope Polymers BV was set up this year by automotive plastics industry veterans Michael Downs and Josef-Michael Eder, supported by an investor consortium including ex-GE Plastics Europe executives Uwe Wascher Adgild Hop.
The Roermond-based company is upgrading an existing resin plant to revive SMA output at Geleen's Chemelot chemicals complex. SMA is used in automotive interior components and in the paper industry.
``Polyscope Polymers has the ambition to develop additional applications for SMA and to expand the production capacity over time,'' said Managing Director Michael Downs.