Delfingen shuttering two Texas plants
EL PASO, TEXAS Delfingen U.S. Inc. is closing two plants in Texas.
The firm plans to close one of its facilities in El Paso and move some of the work to another plant in El Paso in October. About 54 will lose their jobs, while a similar number will relocate to the other site.
That factory makes convoluted tubing, which covers wire harnesses for vehicles. Some of its production will be shifted to Cebu, the Philippines, where labor rates are cheaper.
Also set to close is a tubing plant in San Antonio, where about 40 will be laid off at the end of August. Its work will go to Saltillo, Mexico.
The closures reflect a downturn in auto production by Detroit's Big 3, major customers for their production.
Delfingen U.S. also has plants in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and in Honduras that make protective wire coverings and tubing. Based in Troy, Mich., it is a subsidiary of Delfingen Industry SA of Anteuil, France.
Colorite agrees to emissions reduction
SOMERVILLE, N.J. Colorite Specialty Resins of Somerville has agreed to measures at its Burlington Township, N.J., plant to reduce emissions of vinyl chloride by about 11,000 pounds per year, federal and state officials said in an Aug. 19 news release.
Under a pending settlement, Colorite will pay a $1.3 million civil penalty to New Jersey and the federal government and the company will undertake emission-control projects valued at more than $1 million at the facility, which manufactures dispersion, blending and specialty suspension PVC resins.
Colorite, a division of Somerville-based Tekni-Plex Inc., has agreed to lower limits on residual vinyl chloride in both types of resins it produces, to test for residues in every batch of resin and to test for emissions during every reactor opening. It also will install new compressors and conduct an analysis to find sources of Clean Air Act violations and institute better hazardous wastewater handling practices.
The settlement requires the company to implement comprehensive leak detection and repair programs. It also requires Colorite to develop a training program and apply it to all employees involved in the facility's operations. The company will submit to a third-party audit of all operations at the plant, with a follow-up audit two years later.
Milacron downsizes board of directors
CINCINNATI Milacron Inc. has reduced the size of its board of directors from 11 seats to seven, and dissolved its nominating and corporate governance committee.
The committee's work will be assumed by the overall board.
In a statement issued Aug. 20, Milacron said reducing the board will ``improve efficiency and effectiveness.''
Milacron dropped off the New York Stock Exchange on May 27 because its market capitalization was below the minimum level set by the NYSE. The company now is traded over the counter.
In announcing the smaller board, Milacron said directors Sallie Bailey, Don McIlnay, Matthew Sanford and Lewis Schoenwetter voluntarily resigned. Continuing as directors are Ronald Brown, Milacron's chairman, president and chief executive officer; John Bolduc; John Caple; Jason Eglit; Tiffany Kosch; Mark Segal and Larry Yost.
Toshiba boosts all-electric production
NUMAZU, JAPAN Japanese press maker Toshiba Machine Co. Ltd. is doubling the capacity of its Shanghai factory for making all-electric presses in response to what the company says is increased demand in China and for exports from that facility.
The company is adding a 62,400-square-foot manufacturing plant to its existing campus in Shanghai. The new plant will be Toshiba's third factory at that location, and it will effectively double production capacity from 100 machines per month to 200 machines, said Kazuhito Sato, general manager of the injection molding machine engineering department in the company's Numazu headquarters.
Demand for electric machines is increasing in mainland China's higher-end markets, and the company is seeing increased exports from Shanghai to other Asian markets, Sato said.