Norseman slates molding site for Florida
TORONTO - Norseman Plastics Ltd. plans to set up an injection molding facility in Osceola County, Fla.
The Toronto firm plans to employ 38 at a location in the Poinciana Industrial Park. The firm is seeking incentives from Enterprise Florida Inc. Osceola Board of County Commissioners recently approved Norseman's application for the incentives.
Norseman makes a range of crates and material-handling systems.
``We were drawn to Osceola County because of its high quality of life, central location and sales potential,'' said Mario Cantin, Norseman vice president of manufacturing, in a March 3 news release. Norseman officials declined to elaborate on the project.
Worker electrocuted at Nypro facility
LOUISVILLE, KY. - A longtime Nypro Inc. Louisville plant employee was apparently electrocuted at work and died at the hospital March 5, according to company spokesman Al Cotton.
Donald S. Dennison, 37, a processor at the company, was stricken around 11 a.m. and transported to a local hospital where he died.
``The whole company is devastated,'' Cotton said. Louisville plant workers were sent home early after the incident. The plant employs about 190.
Cotton said it was the first fatality at Nypro in more than 30 years. The company has about 17,000 employees worldwide.
``We are all deeply saddened by this tragic event,'' said Ted Lapres, Nypro president and chief executive officer, in a letter to all employees.
The incident also is being investigated by Nypro, local police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Toyoda Gosei to add 9th N. America site
BATESVILLE, MISS. - Japanese auto supplier Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. is building its ninth plant in North America, investing $19 million to injection mold interior and exterior trim in Batesville.
Toyoda, based in Aichi, Japan, expects to employ 120 people by 2010 at the 103,000-square-foot plant making parts for Toyota Motor Co.'s new plant in Blue Springs, Miss., which will launch production of Highlander sport utility vehicles by 2010.
Toyoda Gosei's Perryville, Mo., plant will provide additional support for the Mississippi site, company officials said in a March 3 press release.
China clarifies its ban on waste imports
BEIJING - Amid wide concern and perplexity in the global industry, Chinese authorities issued a dispatch Feb. 29 clarifying the ban on imports of used plastic flexible packaging.
``In order to unify enforcement,'' the document said, the ban applies to post-consumer plastic bags, film and web ``collected from a consumer's residence or sorted out from post-consumer waste,'' as well as ``used agricultural film.''
Post-industrial waste is exempt from the ban, which became effective March 1.
The dispatch came from China's State Environmental Protection Administration, China Customs, and the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
Plastics News was supplied a copy of the dispatch, not yet available on any of the agency's Web sites, by Kathy Xuan, North Aurora, Ill.-based vice president of the recycling committee of the China Plastics Processing Industry Association.
Mold-Masters relocating service center
GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO - Mold-Masters Ltd. is moving its U.S. service center from Spartanburg, S.C., to a new one in Romeo, Mich.
``Our customers asked for a service center [that] would provide faster response times and part of that means closer proximity to our greatest concentration of customers,'' said Mold-Masters executive vice president Patrick Bennett in a news release.
Bruce Catoen, Mold-Masters' vice president of marketing and product development, said the move should be done by April 4 and the Spartanburg operation will shut down.
Spartanburg employs 21, some of whom will relocate to Michigan. Mold-Masters' head office is located in Georgetown.