Holiday closing Mass. site, laying off 50
LEOMINSTER, MASS. - Holiday Housewares Inc. will lay off 50 employees and shut down its massive Leominster plant by January.
The news comes a few weeks after Israeli investment firm Arko Holdings Ltd. agreed to buy Aero Housewares LLC, another Leominster-based housewares molder.
In a move related to that deal, Holiday Housewares sold 130 of its molds to Aero, and Holiday said it was exiting the housewares business. At the time, Holiday President John Clementi told Plastics News that Holiday would continue to exist, maintaining the building and machinery, but looking into other options.
Now, Plastican Inc., another Leominster molder that has some shareholders in common with Holiday, is trying to help Holiday workers find jobs.
It is not clear what will happen with the 566,000-square-foot production facility, which formerly housed Tucker Housewares.
According to Aero, changes under Arko's ownership will allow for product shipments from various points around the country, cutting down on shipping costs.
Sonoco shuttering two Chicago plants
HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Packaging company Sonoco Products Co. of Hartsville will close two Chicago injection molding plants by the end of January that operated as part of its Crellin subsidiary.
Officials said the step is necessary because the markets the company serves for plumbing-related plastic parts are moving offshore. The closing will affect about 50 employees.
Sonoco spokesman Roger Schrum said in a Dec. 4 telephone interview that the company has seen those markets change during the past five years.
``We've seen sales continue to drop off, making it difficult for those facilities to be efficient,'' he said.
Sonoco will be selling the buildings, Schrum said. The sites host 13 presses.
Crellin operates injection molding factories in Chatham, N.Y.; Clinton Township, near Mount Clemens, Mich.; Forest City, N.C.; Union, S.C.; and Wixom, Mich. The unit had 2006 estimated injection molding sales of $90 million, according to Plastics News' injection molders ranking.
Battenfeld Gloucester cuts workers at HQ
GLOUCESTER, MASS. - Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. is cutting white collar employees at its headquarters in Gloucester just a month after the film equipment maker brought in a new top executive.
The Gloucester Times reported Dec. 5 that the machinery firm had cut its work force. Industry sources told Plastics News that Battenfeld Gloucester was cutting anywhere from 15-50 white collar positions.
The moves come after a shakeup of top management at the maker of blown and cast film equipment. On Nov. 7, the company named John Kaplan chief executive officer, replacing Brian Marvelley, who has left the company. Also, the company announced that longtime executive Harold Wrede has retired. He had been chairman.
Kaplan did not return a telephone call seeking comment. Wrede also did not return a call.
A Plastics News story published earlier this year said Battenfeld Gloucester has 325 employees in Gloucester. The job cuts in early December appear to cover white collar people only. The cuts did not impact any of the 170 plant workers represented by the International Association of Machinists Local 2654, according to Frank Larkin, IAM spokesman.
Bernard Mould puts equipment on block
OLDCASTLE, ONTARIO - Bernard Mould Ltd. will auction injection mold-making equipment at its Oldcastle, Ontario, facility on Dec. 12.
Assets for sale include Fadal, Viper and Sharnoa computer numerically controlled machining equipment, Charmilles electric discharge machines and saws, drills, grinders and inspection equipment. Corporate Assets Inc. of Toronto will conduct the auction.
Bernard Mould President Ed Bernard could not be reached for an explanation of whether the company will remain in the mold-making business. The firm was established in 1969.