Blow molder Excell expands in Indiana
VINCENNES, IND. - Automotive blow molder Excell USA Inc. has added 28,000 square feet and two new machines to its operations in Vincennes to keep up with demand for its products.
The company uses both conventional and multidimensional extrusion blow molding to make a variety of under-the-hood parts, including air ducts, intake ducts and turbo pipes.
The latest expansion marks its second in the past six years, spokesman Matthew Glenn said Dec. 18 by telephone.
The newest work added 18,000 square feet of molding space and a 10,000-square-foot warehouse to bring total operations in Vincennes up to about 100,000 square feet. The firm also added a 90-millimeter conventional blow molding machine and an extrusion blow molding unit, bringing its total to 16 conventional and six dual-durometer extrusion machines. It employs 120.
The company is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Excell Corp.
Auto supplier fined in worker's death
BATON ROUGE, LA. - Continental Structural Plastics, a Troy, Mich., company that makes structural plastic components for the automotive industry, has been fined $67,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in connection with an incident at its Sarepta, La., facility that crushed a worker to death in June.
The company was cited Dec. 18 with one willful violation for intentional disregard of procedures to prevent employees operating hydraulic power presses from being crushed to death and for a serious violation for failure to anchor the palm button control station that operates the power press to prevent it from being unintentionally tripped or cycled.
The firm has 15 working days from receipt of the citation to contest citations and penalties. The Sarepta plant's operations director referred questions to the corporate communications office in Troy, which did not return calls asking for comment.
OSHA said Colota Gates was killed when a 19-ton compression molding press cycled up, lowered and struck her in the head while she was loading material into the press.
The facility employs 240.
``The company's failure to follow the hydraulic press manufacturer's standard operating procedures contributed to the worker's death,'' said Greg Honaker, area director of OSHA's regional office in Baton Rouge. ``Complying with OSHA's standard for machine guarding could have prevented this fatality.''
Plastikon, Injex launching joint venture
LEITCHFIELD, KY. - A new joint venture injection molder is set to invest $4.7 million in a plant in Leitchfield to make parts for the medical and automotive industries.
Inplast USA LLC, a joint venture of California companies Plastikon Industries Inc. and Injex Industries Inc., will employ 110 people, according to a news release from the state of Kentucky.
Injex and Plastikon, both of Hayward, Calif., mold medical and auto components and will be able to expand production with the new operation. Both companies supply parts to the joint Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Corp.'s New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. assembly plant in Fremont, Calif. Both GM and Toyota also have assembly plants in Kentucky.
Inplast will take over a 63,500-square-foot building and renovate it for injection molding. The work also will include construction of a clean room to make medical diagnostic parts.
Cadbury sues Amcor for overcharging
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Beverage and confectionery firm Cadbury Schweppes plc is suing Amcor Ltd. in the Federal Court of Australia, alleging that the packaging giant overcharged for PET bottles and cardboard packaging.
Amcor denies the claim. The court, in Melbourne, rules on civil disputes that involve federal law.
The claim totals A$120 million (US$94 million), Melbourne-based Amcor said, as Cadbury claims damages and seeks rectification of certain supply contracts. The same filing alleges that Amcor and paperboard packaging firm Visy Group, also of Melbourne, engaged in cartel behavior.
``The Cadbury Schweppes action also alleges additional cartel conduct affecting certain supply contracts with Amcor and other matters in relation to various Amcor businesses,'' Amcor said in a statement. ``Amcor will be vigorously defending these allegations ... and hopes the dispute can be resolved amicably. ''
Cadbury Schweppes did not provide comment before deadline.