Reum to shut plant, lay off 173 workers
WAUKEGAN, ILL. - Reum Corp. has notified the state of Illinois that it plans to close its Waukegan facility and begin laying off its 173 workers Feb. 28.
The company makes automotive interior parts. Calls to the company for comment were not returned. No further details were available.
The company's Web site said it is part of Reum Group of Hardheim, Germany, and lists the Chicago-area company as its only U.S. site.
Americhem launches Ga. plant expansion
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO - Americhem Inc. is adding 15,000 square feet of space for manufacturing, labs, shipping and office work at its plant in Dalton, Ga.
The project, including new warehousing and shipping facilities, will be completed in spring of this year, Americhem officials said in a Jan. 23 news release.
The new lab, slated to be a color design center, will allow customers to view more than 1,000 color fiber samples under multiple lighting conditions. Customers then will be able to design color fiber products at the site, using the plant's existing fiber extrusion lab equipment.
No cost estimate for the project was available, spokesman Scott Blanchard said. Americhem, a maker of color and additive concentrates, acquired the 90,000-square-foot Dalton plant when it bought Color and Additive Technologies Inc. in late 2005. The expansion will not create any new jobs at that site, which employs 45.
A new additives and color concentrates line already has been installed in Dalton to handle growth in the nonwoven fibers market. Blanchard said the new line will ``substantially increase capacity'' for polyolefin-based products in Dalton, but he declined to provide details.
The Southeast is home to a great deal of carpet production.
In the release, Americhem business director Russ Neuman said officials ``anticipate several product introductions for nonwovens in the near future.''
Americhem also is working on a $2.3 million expansion that will add 2,000 square feet of space for research and development work at its Cuyahoga Falls headquarters.
In late 2005, Americhem opened its first Asian operation - a 35,000-square-foot, 30-employee plant in Suzhou, China. Globally, the firm employs about 650 at eight production sites.
Americhem posted sales of more than $200 million in 2006. The firm ranks among North America's largest producers of color compounds and concentrates, according to a Plastics News estimate.