Kramski doubling space in 1-mile move
LARGO, FLA. - Kramski North America Inc. is moving to a 35,000-square-foot facility to more than double its space and accommodate two insert molding lines.
The one-mile move in Largo should be completed by mid-August, according to sales director Glenn Shaw.
Shaw said the company decided to expand its North American business to include insert molding two years ago, and has found new business in the automotive electronics industry. It is developing two fully automated work cells for stamping, overmolding, optical inspection and packaging. The first line is expected to begin production by mid-September.
The company said it is adding Arburg and Engel injection molding machines, Motoman robotics, auxiliary equipment and stamping dies developed by Kramski GmbH, its parent in Pforzheim, Germany.
Mattel IDs, bans lead-paint-toy vendor
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. - The Chinese vendor that made Fisher-Price toys with lead-tainted paint has been identified and banned from exporting.
El Segundo-based Mattel Inc. named Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd. in Foshan as the vendor Aug. 7. Mattel spokeswoman Jules Andres said the firm has stopped taking shipments from Lee Der.
Mattel shared the name of the vendor with competitors who also may be doing business with the Chinese company, Andres told the Associated Press.
Lee Der's Chinese name translates to ``Lida Toy Co. Ltd.'' A man answering the phone Aug. 9 at Lee Der declined comment and referred questions to ``the Hong Kong parent company,'' which he did not identify.
On the same day, the Chinese government announced it had suspended exports from Lee Der and another toy manufacturer involved in a recent U.S. recall, Hansheng Wood Products Factory in Dongguan.
Hansheng is responsible for RC2 Corp.'s recall of wood railway toys coated in lead-based paint. China's General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said Lee Der used counterfeit paint that was labeled lead-free.
Lee Der was incorporated in 1999 with 32 million yuan (US$3.86 million) of registered capital, according to the China Commodity Net, an official site operated by China's Ministry of Commerce. Lee Der employs 700 for manufacturing and trading of plastic toys.
Berry to shutter Ga. film extrusion site
EVANSVILLE, IND. - Berry Plastics Group Inc. of Evansville will close a film extrusion site in Columbus, Ga., by Oct. 1. Berry acquired the site when it merged with Covalence Specialty Materials Holding Corp. of Bedminster, N.J., earlier this year.
Kyle Lorentzen, Berry's vice president of corporate development, said by telephone Aug. 7 the facility is the firm's smallest in terms of volume and sales. Berry also examined profitability in making the decision to close the facility, which is one of two it operates in Columbus. The other plant specializes in coated products.
High density polyethylene film extrusion equipment from the closing site will be moved to an existing facility in Lakeville, Minn., Lorentzen said.
``We operate with over 20 locations,'' he said. ``We continue to look at ways to optimize our cost structure.''
The site employs 38, some of whom will be offered transfers to Minnesota.
Pelco Tool expanding for new machinery
GLENDALE HEIGHTS, ILL. - Mold maker Pelco Tool & Mold Inc. is making room for some new machinery, adding 5,000 square feet to its 16,000-square-foot facility.
The Glendale Heights company, which makes high-cavity molds and unscrewing molds with hot-runner technology, broke ground on the addition at the start of July, said co-owner Roger Wittersheim. Work is expected to be complete by Nov. 1.
The space is being added to prepare for growth and provide for faster delivery. Wittersheim said the company plans to increase automation. A machining center and electric discharge machines are being considered.
The company employs 34. Its work ranges from engineering layouts to assembly.