Berry plans $43 million overhaul project
EVANSVILLE, IND. - Packaging firm Berry Plastics Corp. will invest roughly $43 million during the next three years to streamline its distribution and make capital investments in Evansville, its headquarters city.
The project will add 49 jobs during that same period, warehousing director Bob Smith in a March 23 telephone interview.
Berry has been conducting its warehousing from four buildings in two different leased sites in Evansville, Smith said. With a $20 million investment, Berry will begin construction this month on a 600,000-square-foot distribution center that will be located near the Evansville Regional Airport. That facility is scheduled for completion at the start of 2008.
The plan includes room for growth, with the capability to add 200,000 square feet of light manufacturing or additional distribution.
Berry employs 1,200 in Evansville. The firm received $500,000 in tax credits and $100,000 in infrastructure grants from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
Homeland opening vinyl facility in N.J.
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. - Birmingham-based vinyl extruder Homeland Vinyl Products Inc. is opening a new plant in Millville, N.J.
The fence, deck and railing manufacturer will occupy a 266,000-square-foot facility vacated by a company that made Christmas products.
Homeland officials have ordered equipment and expect to be up and running as early as this summer, said Don Ayers, director of economic development for the city of Millville, in a March 21 telephone interview.
``It's another location for their core business,'' he said. ``It gets them closer to their customer base.''
Homeland officials did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Ayers said the company is working with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority on a finance package that would grant Homeland a partial rebate for payroll taxes.
Academy seeks Hall of Fame nominations
LEOMINSTER, MASS. - The Plastics Academy is seeking nominations for posthumous members to the Plastics Hall of Fame.
Nominations are for deceased individuals who made an outstanding contribution to the plastics industry. The Plastics Hall of Fame is housed at the National Plastics Center in Leominster.
Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 30.
``We welcome nominations from any interested party,'' Plastics Academy Chairman John Kretzschmar said. Nomination forms, which spell out the criteria, are available through the National Plastics Center.
Starting with the last posthumous induction in 2005, U.S. citizenship no longer is a requirement.
All nominations will be screened by academy officers and the board of directors. A committee of all Plastics Hall of Fame members then will select as many as five deceased individuals for induction. The academy plans to induct the posthumous members at the 2008 Antec conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
Anyone may join the Plastics Academy, which runs the Plastics Hall of Fame. Annual membership dues are $75.
For nomination forms or membership information, contact the Plastics Academy at 978-537-9529.
S. Korea additives maker opens Europe HQ
ULSAN, SOUTH KOREA - South Korean plastics additives maker Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd. has opened a European headquarters, part of a plan the firm announced last year when it severed long-standing ties with Swiss-based additive supplier Clariant International AG of Muttenz.
Songwon, based in Ulsan, said the headquarters in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, will give the company an upgraded presence in Europe.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jongho Park said it is part of a plan that includes a previously announced second facility in Korea to make antioxidants, set to open in April, and an expansion of the firm's product range, which includes antioxidants, hindered-light amine stabilizers and ultraviolet-light absorbers, plasticizers and surface coating agents.