CFECA taps Gates to head association
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — With the film and bag industry under attack from a growing number of ban initiatives in California, the California Film Extruders and Converters Association in Newport Beach has chosen someone with a background of working on political issues as its new administrative director.
``We are changing and growing,'' said CFECA President Cathy Browne, in announcing the appointment of Kent Gates to replace Executive Director Norma Fox, who is retiring at the end of the month. CFECA changed the position's title in conjunction with the transition.
``Because of the hostile environment in California, his background in dealing with political issues is important,'' said Browne, who is also general manager of Crown Poly Inc. in Huntington Park, Calif. ``You need someone with a calm demeanor who has experience in dealing with that type of environment.''
CFECA represents the plastic film extruding and converting industry in California and has taken a leadership role in fending off the attacks on plastics in the state.
Gates starts May 20. He has worked as a fundraiser, speech writer and spokesman for several politicians in Pennsylvania, including Republican Sen. Arlen Spector. He comes to CFECA from iSafe America Inc., where he was director of professional development for the Carlsbad, Calif., nonprofit group, which was founded in 1998 to protect the online safety of youth.
Gates has a bachelor's in political science and a master's in public administration from Pennsylvania State University.
Layfield Group buys Vision Packaging
RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Layfield Group Ltd. of Richmond has diversified with the purchase of Vision Packaging Ltd.
Layfield's Poly Films division extrudes monolayer and coextruded polyethylene structures and does some converting. Vision, also based in Richmond, is a printer and converter specializing in laminated roll stock, stand-up pouches and pressure-sensitive labels.
``It's a good fit with Vision's downstream converting capabilities,'' said Layfield marketing manager Michael Mikan in a telephone interview. The deal should allow the firms to offer film, converting and printing products they could not do alone. Layfield completed the acquisition in early March.
Layfield's Poly Films division runs eight extruders and does some barrier products, Mikan said. Vision has an eight-color flexographic printing press and a 10-color label press.
Former Vision owner Michael Lee said he sold the business to start the transition into retirement and will continue with the firm in business development for about a year. Lee established Vision in 1993.
Vision's new name is Layfield Vision Packaging division of Layfield Group. Layfield Group is now integrating Vision's order processing department with Layfield's.
Layfield's Poly Films division employs more than 60. The firm also has a division in Edmonton, Alberta, that makes geotextiles and agricultural films. Vision employs about 35.
DJA and Niigata move into larger site
WOOD DALE, ILL. — DJA-Global Group, which sells Niigata injection molding machines in North America, has expanded into a larger North American technical center in Wood Dale.
The 25,000-square-foot Wood Dale building is 40 percent larger than the one Niigata and DJA occupied for 10 years, a 17,500-square-foot facility in Itasca, Ill. Niigata also leases warehouse space for its larger-tonnage machines in Bensenville, Ill.
Niigata presses are manufactured in Niigata City, Japan, by Niigata Machine Techno Co. Ltd.
The Wood Dale center opened May 1, with a traditional Japanese cherry tree planting ceremony. Tasuo Ikeda, executive director of Niigata's Injection Molding Division, and Peter Gardner, vice president and general manager of Niigata operations for DJA-Global, turned the first shovels full of earth.
This marks the 25th year of selling Niigata's machines to the U.S. market, together with DJA. Gardner said the company does not release machinery sales figures.
Gardner said the new building has more space for customer training, warehousing of spare parts and injection presses, and demonstration and testing areas. A showroom has enough space for seven or eight machines, he said.
For training, the center has a video conferencing center, for direct connection between the factory in Japan and key customers.