Cadillac's Avon upgrading Mich. plants
CADILLAC, MICH. - Cadillac Rubber & Plastics Inc. will invest $7.6 million to upgrade operations in Cadillac and Manton, Mich.
The firm, operating under the name Avon Automotive, employs 565 at the two sites turning out air ducts, fuel hose and other under-the-hood auto parts. Executives did not respond to requests to provide more information on the firm's plans.
Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Aug. 15 that Avon will receive a single business tax credit worth more than $5.3 million as part of an incentive package aimed at keeping the company in the state. The cities of Cadillac and Manton also are considering tax incentives worth more than $100,000.
Vinyl flooring firms merge under Multy
BUFFALO GROVE, ILL. - Vinyl flooring product manufacturers Multy Industries (Flexible Products Group) Inc. and Superior American LLC plan to merge and consolidate their operations under one roof near Chicago.
The new group will operate under the name Multy Industries (Flexible Products Group) LP. The deal is expected to close by Sept. 1. Both outfits extrude flexible vinyl matting products, like entry mats, stair treads and carpet runners.
Superior's 100,000-square-foot plant in Buffalo Grove is the site of post-merger manufacturing. It employs about 75.
Equipment being transferred from a Multy plant in Toronto includes automation-related machinery, Superior American President Michael Lewis said Aug. 15 by phone. Lewis will become vice president and general manager of the Buffalo Grove plant.
Film makers win California group's OK
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. - A plastic film trade group launched an environmental ratings program under which Command Packaging of Vernon, Calif., and Roplast Industries Inc. of Oroville, Calif., are the first processors to receive accreditation.
The California Film Extruders and Converters Association in Newport Beach created the Environmentally Preferred Rating program to help film and bag manufacturers lessen their impact on the environment. The aim is to reduce industry contributions to air and water pollution and landfill content.
CFECA believes the program is the first of its kind in the U.S. While focusing initially on film and bag makers, the program is applicable to all types of plastics processing in any location.
Accreditation includes a third-party environmental audit of a processor's facility. Primary evaluations involve airborne and liquid emissions, pellet containment, elimination of heavy metals, recycling programs and post-consumer material usage.
Clark Foam hit with wrongful-death suit
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CALIF. - A widow has filed a wrongful-death suit against Gordon Clark and his now-shuttered Clark Foam business in Laguna Niguel.
Maria Teresa Barriga filed the litigation in Orange County Superior Court in mid-July. Her husband, Martin Barriga, who worked in the Clark Foam factory from 1986-2002, died at age 36.
The suit identifies a litany of ways Clark Foam employees were exposed to chemicals such as toluene diisocyanate. TDI can become toxic when heated and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is a possible carcinogen.
Clark Foam closed abruptly in early December, and many of its assets for making rigid polyurethane foam surfboard blanks were auctioned in March.
Riken siting TPE compound plant in Ky.
TOKYO - Riken Elastomers Corp. is spending almost $20 million to build a TPE compound plant in Hopkinsville, Ky.
The plant is set to open in July as a joint venture between Riken Technos Corp. - the Tokyo-based parent of Riken Elastomers - and Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. The site will cover almost 58,000 square feet and employ 24.
The new plant primarily will supply Japanese-owned auto parts makers based in the U.S., according to an Aug. 9 news release from Kentucky's Cabinet for Economic Development.
``Our domestic sales of thermoplastic elastomer compound have been steadily increasing, centering on the automotive area, and are expected to accelerate in the future in both Japan and North America,'' said Riken Technos President Koichi Kinoshita. The firm was founded as a PVC compounder.
Riken Technos has annual sales of more than $600 million.