Fire scorches Detroit Forming factory
NASH, TEXAS - Detroit Forming Inc.'s Nash plant was heavily damaged by a fire on Oct. 15.
The thermoforming facility will be rebuilt, according to a report in the Texarkana Gazette. No one was injured in the blaze, which began late afternoon and was brought under control by 7 p.m. local time. Company officials declined comment.
Detroit Forming specializes in thermoforming oriented polystyrene sheet into a broad range of packaging. The Southfield, Mich., firm's other North American plants are in Spartanburg, S.C.; Aurora, Ill.; and Tijuana, Mexico. As well, the company operates a warehouse in Hudson, N.H., and runs a plant in Hostivice, Czech Republic, according to the company's Web site.
The Texarkana Gazette reported extensive damage to Detroit Forming's 60,000-square-foot production building in Nash, but damage to an adjacent 30,000-square-foot warehouse was not specified. The newspaper stated the electrical fire began in the production area.
American Kuhne breaks ground for plant
HOPKINTON, R.I. - Executives from American Kuhne Inc. joined with Rhode Island government officials at a ground-breaking ceremony for the extruder maker's new 26,000-square-foot plant in Hopkinton.
American Kuhne will move from its building in Norwich, Conn., into the new Hopkinton facility, just across the border from Connecticut, in June. The company bought 12 acres of land off I-95.
Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri attended the ceremony in late September, along with state and local politicians who were instrumental in attracting American Kuhne to the state.
``A lot of manufacturing jobs are going to Asia. We love to see businesses growing and expanding in America ... creating jobs, particularly manufacturing jobs,'' Carcieri said.
American Kuhne started in 1997, in Norwich.
The new facility will allow Kuhne to grow into markets for larger turnkey extrusion systems that require testing before they are shipped to customers.
Solo Cup closing locations in Ill., Mass.
HIGHLAND PARK, ILL. - Solo Cup Co. said it will close two plants, in Wheeling, Ill., and Leominster, Mass., and transfer the operations to plants in Chicago and North Andover, Mass.
The Wheeling plant primarily makes disposable cutlery and straws and employs about 200. The company expects about 80 employees at the Wheeling plant to be offered jobs at the company's Chicago plant. Solo expects to cease operations in Wheeling by the end of February, the firm announced Oct. 16.
Highland Park-based Solo intends to close a cutlery and straw plant in Leominster by the end of December and move its operations to a Solo plant in North Andover. The Leominster plant employs 194. About 70 to 80 positions will be available for Leominster employees at the North Andover plant.
``As a result of improved efficiencies across our asset base, we've been able to streamline our operations,'' said Peter Mendola, Solo's senior vice-president of manufacturing, in a statement.
Solo also said it will sell a California plant that produces white, uncoated paper plates to AJM Packaging Corp. for about $15 million. Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based AJM produces private label disposable food service products.
Dow unit shuttering two polyiso sites
MIDLAND, MICH. - Dow Building Solutions has announced that it will close two of its sites making polyisocyanurate insulation.
The company, which is a business unit of Midland-based Dow Chemical Co., said in a Oct. 10 statement it will close its facilities in Texarkana, Ark., in mid-January and Tracy, Calif., in mid-December, as a result of ``low asset utilization and low profitability, as well as the need for significant investment compared to other opportunities.''
``This announcement positions two of our North American polyiso facilities for further investment and improvements,'' said Torsten Kraef, vice president of Dow Building Solutions.
Dow will upgrade its facilities in Charleston, Ill., and Pennsauken, N.J.
Rigid polyiso foam is used in general insulation applications, such as residential and commercial walls and roofing.