Charlotte Pipe buys land in industrial park
MONROE, N.C. - Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Co. has bought a parcel of land in an industrial park in Cedar City, Utah, where the company will likely build a pipe extrusion facility.
The investment reaffirms Monroe-based Charlotte Pipe's commitment to expanding in the western United States.
In July, the company bought Salt Lake City-based Standard Pipe Co. in an effort to penetrate western markets, picking up capacity from two plants, in Utah and Nevada.
Referring to the new site, marketing director Bradford Muller said: ``We haven't decided what to build or what to make out there. It's just for long-term planning to have some land and eventually build on it.''
The pipe extruder has been given $857,000 in partial tax rebates from the state of Utah as part of an incentive package for the Cedar City project.
Former Rubbermaid workers file lawsuit
CENTERVILLE, IOWA - Several employees affected by Rubbermaid Home Products' decision to close its plant in Centerville have filed suit against the firm and plant manager Barbara Hunt, claiming fraud.
Christine Repp, Tina McMahon, Walter Surber and Danny Graves filed suit Sept. 11 in Iowa District Court in Appanoose County, where the plant is located.
According to the lawyer representing the four employees, officials knew as early as Jan. 4 that the plant was closing, although they did not announce it until June.
``The plaintiffs, and we think probably lots of other people, went out and bought items, items that had they known they would be out of a job, they never would have purchased,'' lawyer Tom Duff said in a Sept. 13 telephone interview.
Rubbermaid cannot comment because the company has not yet been served with the suit, said Joe Marotti, vice president of human resources with Rubbermaid Home Products based in Fairlawn, Ohio.
Duff expects more employees to join the suit, which is why he has not served it on Rubbermaid yet. Nearly 500 employees were impacted by the closing.
POP considers closing Brooklyn facility
YONKERS, N.Y. - POP Displays Inc. is considering shuttering its Brooklyn, N.Y., facility, while at the same time the company's new president is looking for growth opportunities.
The company notified 250 workers on Sept. 1 that the leased plant will be shuttered Oct. 28 if the building is sold. The company is headquartered in a 435,000-square-foot facility in Yonkers, where it has more than 600 workers.
``There's a possibility of losing our lease if the building is sold. If we do lose the lease, we will consolidate into our existing facility,'' said Scott Katcher, general counsel.
However, he added that if the company negotiates a new lease, it could remain in Brooklyn. He said that it was not a cost-cutting or a loss of customer move, but rather a decision to insure that space is not lost during the middle of the sales season.
POP designs and makes plastic point-of-purchase displays.
$18.5 million awarded in asbestos case
SAN FRANCISCO - A California jury has awarded $18.5 million to an employee of a molding firm who was exposed to asbestos in the mid-1970s.
In the Sept. 1 ruling in San Francisco Superior Court, the jury said that Union Carbide Corp. was negligent and failed to provide warnings about its defective open asbestos-fiber product, according to a Sept. 9 news release from San Francisco law firm Brayton Purcell.
Brayton Purcell represented plaintiff David Bakkie, who worked at American Polytherm Co. in Sacramento, Calif., and was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer, in 2005. While at American Polytherm - a firm that molded parts for the aerospace market - Bakkie used a Union Carbide-made asbestos product to make a canal sealant used on the California Aqueduct.
At the time, Union Carbide was mining asbestos near Fresno, Calif., and supplying the material to makers of floor tile, epoxy adhesives, sealants and similar products. Union Carbide was acquired in 1998 by Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich. Dow officials could not be reached for comment.
American Polytherm now is based in Lincoln, Calif.