More Collins & Aikman sites may close
SOUTHFIELD, MICH. - Bankrupt auto supplier Collins & Aikman Corp. will close its Americus, Ga., injection molding plant as it prepares to sell off its assets.
Other sites in Ontario also may be slated to close.
Executives for the Southfield-based company earlier had said they were debating how much would be cut at Americus after one of C&A's customers shifted work from the plant to another supplier. In a Jan. 2 news release, the Georgia Department of Labor noted it had received notice that C&A will close the plant on or by Jan. 31, cutting 350 jobs.
News reports in Toronto note that C&A will close two injection molding facilities there as well, one in Toronto, the other in Gananoque, affecting a total of 500 jobs. Executives were not immediately available to discuss those reports.
Collins & Aikman has been operating under Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit since May 2005. The company's exit plan calls for it to sell off its holdings, with the company reshaping its injection molding operations into desired acquisition targets.
Honda supplier invests in Ohio operation
ORMAND BEACH, FLA. - Injection molder Florida Production Engineering Inc. is investing $2 million to expand its Circleville, Ohio, plant, adding five new presses, another 15 full-time employees and warehouse space.
FPE, based in Ormand Beach, needed the 40,000-square-foot addition to increase the ceiling height at its facility to accommodate larger-tonnage presses, an overhead crane and robotics, said John Miles, general manager for the Circleville plant.
The company, part of Dayton, Ohio-based Ernie Green Industries Inc.'s holdings, expects additional work as its customer Honda Motor Co. Ltd. expands in Indiana. FPE will invest in new, 1,500-ton presses and also may add a 3,000-ton press once it knows exactly what kind of future contracts it will have, Miles said. The site turns out a variety of parts including interior and exterior trim - some of it chrome plated, such as wheel trim - and under-the-hood parts including hood shields.
The company now employs 200. Miles expects Circleville to add 15 full-time workers and 18 part-time positions with the expansion.
Bayer stabilizes TDI supply at Texas site
PITTSBURGH - Bayer MaterialScience LLC has ended force majeure conditions for toluene diisocyanate at its plant in Baytown, Texas.
Pittsburgh-based Bayer resumed normal supply Jan. 1, officials said in a news release. Supplies of TDI, a polyurethane feedstock, had been limited since Sept. 26, when an overpressured process vessel ruptured in one of the site's two TDI units, Bayer spokesman Bill Allan said.
Since then, Bayer's North American TDI customers have been supplied with material from the remaining TDI unit - which was unaffected by the rupture - and from other Bayer TDI sites worldwide.
Reconstruction of the damaged unit was completed ahead of schedule, officials said. An estimate of the cost of the damage or of reconstruction was unavailable. TDI produced in Baytown is used to make PU foam for bedding and seat cushions.
Hansen to speak at PN Executive Forum
AKRON, OHIO - Sacramento, Calif.-based government affairs specialist Laurie J. Hansen is replacing Larry Johnson as the Progressive Bag Alliance representative on the program at the Plastics News Executive Forum 2007, set for Feb. 25-28 in San Diego. Johnson, PBA's chairman, withdrew for health reasons.
Hansen will address legislative issues and participate in a Feb. 26 panel about environmental sustainability and corporate accountability. She joins Command Packaging President Pete Grande (also head of the California Film Extruders & Converters Association), Plastimin LLC President Frank Ruiz and Earth Resource Foundation's executive director, Stephanie Barger.
Barger helped develop the ``Campaign Against the Plastic Plague'' initiative, which aims to eliminate single-use plastics packaging.