Sabert investing in new HQ, R&D facility
SAYREVILLE, N.J. - Thermoformer Sabert Corp. is building a $6 million research and development facility in Sayreville that also will become the company's headquarters.
President and founder Albert Salama, reached by telephone Feb. 6, said the 167,000-square-foot facility will be built on a 12-acre tract roughly one mile from Sabert's 250,000-square-foot production facility.
Sabert makes products like platters, bowls, utensils and lids for end markets such as food service and for distribution in party, club and grocery stores.
The company is waiting on a few permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, said Randy Corman, executive director of the Sayreville Economic and Redevelopment Agency, in a Feb. 6 telephone interview. The site will include space for offices and distribution, Corman said.
PCL sells site to bag producer Trinity
ARMONK, N.Y. - Bag maker Trinity Packaging Corp. of Armonk has purchased a facility in Pueblo, Colo., from PCL Packaging Corp. of Oakville, Ontario.
Terms were not disclosed. In a Feb. 5 news release, Trinity said the deal allows it to continue its plan to expand throughout North America. Chief Operating Officer David Williams had no further comment. PCL officials did not return calls.
The Pueblo plant employs 60.
Trinity was founded in 1917 and entered the plastics sector in 1979. In the early 1980s, it acquired its first complete plastics plant, in Remington, Va., from PCL. Through the 1990s, the company expanded its product line to include mailing envelopes and bags for retail, food service and lawn and garden.
Film maker Covalence shutting plant
PRINCETON, N.J. - Covalence Specialty Materials Corp., the former Tyco Plastics and Adhesives business acquired by Apollo Management LP last year, said Feb. 6 it will close its coated flexible packaging plant in Meridian, Miss., by April, cutting 90 jobs.
According to East Mississippi Business Development Corp., the facility had been in operation since 1981. It had operated as Ludlow Coated Products Division.
``I'm assuming they're going to liquidate,'' said Skip Scaggs, manager of business development for the development firm. ``They've indicated they're going to get out of this particular business line.''
The facility is 150,000 square feet with a rail spur, Scaggs said, and Princeton-based Covalence owns the plant.
Nobel laureate MacDiarmid dies at 79
DREXEL HILL, PA. - Alan MacDiarmid, 79, a Nobel chemistry laureate, died Feb. 7 after falling down stairs in his home. He suffered from the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome.
He resided in Drexel Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia, and was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas.
MacDiarmid, a native of New Zealand, shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in chemistry for work he and two colleagues did in creating plastics that conduct electricity.
He earned a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin as a Fulbright Scholar and later earned a doctorate from Cambridge University. In 2001-02, MacDiarmid started at the University of Texas at Dallas as a distinguished scholar in residence. In 2002, he became the school's first James Von Ehr distinguished chair in science and technology.
In 2001, MacDiarmid received the Society of Plastics Engineers' International Award.
He is survived by his wife, Gayl Gentile, and four children.
Winpak gaining new thermoforming line
NEWTOWN, PA. - Winpak Portion Packaging Inc. of Newtown is adding a new trim-in-place, in-line thermoforming line this year to make polypropylene products at its Chicago site.
The firm grew to $100 million in 2006 estimated thermoforming sales, from $95 million the previous year, according to Plastics News' 2007 ranking.
``We're actually anticipating a significant bump in 2007 with some organic growth that's come along,'' said manufacturing director Martin Faye in a Feb. 7 telephone interview.