EL PASO, TEXAS - Injection molder Millennium Plastics Technologies LLC of El Paso expects to close this summer, ending 185 jobs.
The company designs, molds and assembles electronic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries. It notified the Texas Workforce Commission that it will begin laying off employees by June 30.
Company officials did not return calls, but told local media in El Paso that it is being forced to close because of differences with a key customer, and that the firm is seeking a buyer.
The 110,000-square-foot El Paso plant has 69 presses, with clamping forces of 40-1,100 tons. The company also does overmolding, sonic and vibration welding, insert molding and pad printing.
ITW Foils to shut down Ontario factory
GLENVIEW, ILL. - ITW Foils will close its Windsor, Ontario, hot-stamping foils production operation and move it to three U.S. facilities.
The Maple Roll Leaf subsidiary will cease production June 27. A skeleton administrative and human resources staff will continue at the plant until Sept. 30, when ITW Foils will shut it down, said a spokeswoman.
ITW Foils blamed excess capacity within the company for the Windsor shutdown. Spokeswoman Alison Donnelly said 70 percent of the site's production will be reallocated to a foils plant in Chicago Heights, Ill. About 25 percent will go to a facility in Kalkaska, Mich., and the rest to Romeo, Mich.
Maple Roll Leaf's 52 employees will get separation benefits, the company said in a news release.
The shutdown will be the second in less than a year for ITW Foils. In November, a foils plant in Hamtramck, Mich., was closed, with production moving to Windsor.
Pigment and metallic foils are used to decorate plastics and security cards. Maple Roll Leaf was established in 1969 and was purchased by Illinois Tool Works Inc. of Glenview, Ill., in 1990.
Silver Line cutting 251 jobs at Texas site
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The nation's largest vinyl window maker is laying off 251 workers at its Garland, Texas, plant.
North Brunswick-based Silver Line Building Products Corp. officials plan to transfer some of the manufacturing capacity to plants in Lansing, Ill., and Atlanta. About 150 people will remain employed in Garland.
The layoffs will be complete by June 30, two years after Bayport, Minn.-based window and door maker Andersen Corp. acquired the company. The workforce reduction is in response to the huge drop in residential construction, said Maureen McDonough, Andersen's corporate communications director, in a May 8 telephone interview.
``New housing starts have dropped well over 50 percent in the last two years. The market opportunity is half of what is used to be,'' McDonough said. ``We're trying to make the most of what opportunity is out there.''
The Texas window market is geared toward new construction, which may have factored in to Silver Line's decision to cut production there, said Josiah Waxman, industry analyst for building and construction for Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Ducker Research Co. Inc. Ducker just completed its annual ``Study of the Market for Windows and Doors.''
Former GDX plant's machines for sale
Millennium Plastics closing by summer
BRANFORD, CONN. - Nine extrusion lines and 42 vertical injection molding machines are up for auction May 13-14 at the former . sealing plant in Wabash, Ind.
Earlier, at auctions held in late April, the Branford-based Branford Group sold off equipment at three other GDX factories that had closed down - two in Magog, Quebec, and one in Batesville, Ark. The four plants had a total of 78 rubber and plastic extrusion lines, 152 vertical injection presses, 26 rollformers and 16 Kuka and Motoman robots.
The Wabash factory was the company's largest.
Cerberus Capital Management LP, former owner of GDX Automotive, closed the four GDX factories late last year - eliminating about 1,500 jobs - when it sold GDX to Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems of Lindau, Germany. The U.S. factories, plus three others in Europe, were not included in the deal.