EPC seeks assets of second C&A plant
GRINNELL, IOWA - Engineered Plastic Components Inc. is bidding for the assets of a second Collins & Aikman Corp. plant.
The Grinnell-based injection molder already is completing the purchase of a Collins & Aikman plant in Columbia, Mo.
On Aug. 21, EPC filed paperwork with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit to buy part of the bankrupt auto supplier's operations in Rantoul, Ill.
The $400,000 purchase would include eight injection molding presses and accessory equipment including robots, blending systems, dryers, conveying systems and other machines.
EPC President Reza Kargarzadeh was not available to discuss the company's plans. The firm molds parts for the auto, farm equipment and home appliance industries.
The Rantoul plant employs more than 500. At one point, the facility was expected to be sold to Cadence Innovation LLC, but talks between the Troy, Mich.-based auto supplier and C&A representatives have been rocky, opening the door for other potential buys or a closure if C&A cannot find other buyers.
Southfield, Mich.-based Collins & Aikman has been operating under Chapter 11 protection since May 2005, and began selling its facilities in late 2006. Collins & Aikman will cease to exist when its funding expires Aug. 31.
Thermoformer UPPI opens clean room
MECHANICSBURG, PA. - Thermoformer Universal Protective Packaging Inc. recently opened a Class 100,000 clean room to expand its manufacturing capacity.
The addition ``is ideal for complex medical-device packaging requiring a certified clean room environment,'' President Rod Rumburger said in a news release.
The clean room, which occupies 1,200 square feet in the Mechanicsburg headquarters plant, was certified Aug. 1 and meets ISO standard 14644-1. It contains a Sencorp 2500 thermoforming machine and has a filtration system that contains a custom-designed duct system with 12 HEPA filters.
The company designs and manufactures custom-thermoformed trays and clamshell packaging.
UPPI was founded in 1983 and employs 73 people at its 68,000-square-foot facility. It is ISO 9001:2000-certified as well.
The company also has a facility in Sparks, Nev., and a partnership with ANL Plastics NV in Wellen, Belgium.
Plasticycle buys Tenn. plant from Moll
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Recycler Plasticycle Corp. recently purchased a former Moll Industries Inc. plant in La Vergne, Tenn., near Nashville.
Plasticycle bought the 128,000-square-foot plant for $3 million, and is planning for future expansion.
``We are using it as a satellite operation. We are looking at different uses for expanding our current operations,'' said Joe Cirillo, president and chief executive officer.
The White Plains-based firm has been using two facilities in Nashville totaling about 100,000 square feet. It owns one building and was leasing the other.
Plasticycle recycles plastics, including automotive and industrial film scrap.
Cirillo declined to provide more details, saying only, ``We are expanding because our business is growing and because there is a need.''
For Moll Industries, the sale is another step toward winding down its operations with Whirlpool Corp.
Moll, a Dallas-based injection molder, said in October it had not reached an agreement on a contract with Whirlpool and would close three facilities, in La Vergne; Fort Smith, Ark.; and New Braunfels, Texas.
Extruder W.L. relocating its HQ to Texas
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - W.L. Plastics Corp. is relocating its headquarters to Fort Worth from Mills, Wyo.
As W.L. has grown, the need has increased for more convenient transportation, said director Mike Dahl. In an Aug. 14 telephone interview, Dahl said the move would take place ``any day now.''
W.L. extrudes polyethylene pipe and has five pipe-making plants in Gillette, Wyo.; Cedar City, Utah; Bowie, Texas; Crossfield, Alberta; and Mills.
The company built and opened the Crossfield plant in 2006.