Moll installing new machines at plants
DALLAS - Moll Industries Inc. installed an injection molding machine with 1,450 tons of clamping force in Lexington, N.C., the week of Nov. 19 as part of a six-machine upgrade and expansion of the company's North Carolina and Mexico facilities.
Joe Pack, Moll president and chief executive officer, said the Mitsubishi press will be the largest in Lexington and helps the company address needs in the automotive and consumer products markets.
Pack said the company in the last few months has added five other machines at other locations. A 300-ton Toshiba was installed at the company's Seagrove, N.C., plant. Moll also added four Negri Bossi machines at its Mexican facilities. One is a 410-tonner, while the other three are 1,000-ton machines. The company said the additions were made to support medical, appliance and automotive customers.
Pack did not disclose which machines went to what plant in Mexico. Moll has facilities in Empalme and Ramos Arizpe, as well as the two in North Carolina and one in Donegal, Ireland.
Pack said the purchases were the largest for machinery in the past couple of years at Dallas-based Moll, and he added the company plans to continue into next year.
Accident kills worker at Sabic Ind. site
MOUNT VERNON, IND. - A worker was killed in an industrial accident at Sabic Innovative Plastics' Mount Vernon site.
Lynn Jeffries was unloading powdered bisphenol A from a tanker truck Nov. 17 at about 9 p.m. The hose clogged, causing a filter housing on the truck to break off, hitting her in the head. The 51-year-old employee died from blunt force trauma, according to Sean Keefer, a spokesman for the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Indiana OSHA is taking the lead in an investigation that could take a few more weeks, Keefer said by telephone. Jeffries was alone when the accident occurred. She had worked at the plant since 1981. Sabic Innovative officials were unavailable to provide more detail on the incident.
The Mount Vernon facility was part of the GE Plastics business bought by Saudi Basic Industries Corp. in late August. It employs about 1,400 and makes a range of products, including Ultem polyetherimide, Valox polybutylene terephthalate, Lexan polycarbonate and Extem thermoplastic polyimide.
Woodbridge, Inoac form production pact
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - Canadian auto supplier Woodbridge Group and Japan's Inoac Corp. will join forces for production in North America and Japan in an alliance designed to smooth international production for its customers.
Woodbridge, based in Mississauga, will buy 50 percent of Inoac's Kyushu molded urethane foam operation in the deal announced Nov. 19.
Inoac, meanwhile, will buy 50 percent of Woodbridge's slab foam and flame lamination facilities in Saltillo, Mexico, and Del Rio and El Paso, Texas.
The venture will allow the companies to ``seamlessly serve'' automotive customers all over the world, both companies said in a news release.
Both Woodbridge and Nagoya, Japan-based Inoac produce urethane foam for energy absorbers, seating and other auto parts.
Rotonics worker dies at Florida factory
BARTOW, FLA. - An investigation is continuing into the death of a worker at Rotonics Manufacturing Inc.'s Bartow plant on Nov. 20.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that 60-year-old Vernon Lambeth was doing maintenance inside a shredder along with another worker when someone turned on the machine, unaware that the two men were working on it.
Lambeth was pulled inside, where he died. The other worker was not injured, deputies said.
Deputies listed the death as accidental, but the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation. The plant has shut down for the investigation, and Scott Long, Rotonics chief executive officer, said the company is paying employees' salaries during the shutdown.
The company also has a grief counselor on hand for its workers, Long said in a written statement.
Rotonics, based in Gardena, Calif., is a rotational molder with more than $48 million in annual sales. Its Bartow plant makes parts for the agriculture, furniture, marine and material-handling industries as well as tanks.