VALLEY FORGE, PA. —CertainTeed Corp. is closing its PVC pipe extrusion and fabrication plant in Waco, Texas, and consolidating that capacity into the company's plant in McPherson, Kan.
CertainTeed officials plan to shutter the factory by the end of 2009. About 105 workers will be affected.
The facility produces PVC pipe for municipal, mining, well and agricultural applications.
Valley Forge-based CertainTeed also has pipe-making operations in Lodi, Calif. Company officials are exploring options for the building in Waco, said Richard McGee, manufacturing director for the CertainTeed's pipe and plastics group, in a Sept. 2 telephone interview.
``Consolidating our operations at McPherson will strengthen our position in the market,'' Peter Dachowski, CertainTeed's president and chief executive officer, said in a news release.
The closure will take place in two phases so equipment can be transferred to McPherson without interrupting service. The fabrication operation will shut down in February 2009, eliminating about 30 jobs. The remaining operation will be moved to McPherson slowly over the latter half of 2009, the release said.
Fawn selling 1 N.C. site, moving work
TIMONIUM, MD. Fawn Industries Inc. has closed its Middlesex, N.C., automotive injection molding plant, reflecting a global change that has forced it to move work to lower-cost regions.
The plant employed about 50 when it closed Aug. 29, down from nearly 1,000 at the plant's height, said Julie Franzone, human relations director at Fawn's corporate office in Timonium.
The company gradually has been shifting production to other facilities to lower production costs. Fawn has plastics plants in Chihuahua, Mexico, and Shenzhen, China, and a molding facility for its Fawn Electrics operations in Nashville, N.C.
The Middlesex facility is for sale, Franzone said.
India's Uflex plans film plant in Mexico
NOIDA, INDIA Indian flexible packaging company Uflex Ltd. is investing $108 million in a new polyester film plant in Mexico.
Pradeep Tyle, chief executive officer of the company's film division, confirmed Sept. 2 by telephone that the plant will be located in the petrochemicals port of Altamíra, Mexico.
Uflex expects the first phase to be operational early in 2009. The plant will have initial production capacity of about 80 million pounds per year.
The company has awarded scholarships to 49 Mexican engineering students who will be trained in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, over several months before starting work at the plant.
The plant will target markets in the Americas and eventually will triple capacity, the company said.
Headquartered in Noida, Uflex produces biaxially oriented PET and polypropylene films. It was founded in 1983, and has manufacturing operations in India and Dubai. The firm said it has a market presence in 80 countries.
According to Uflex, the global market for polyester film is about 3.8 billion pounds, and is posting gains at the expense of paper and aluminum foil.
Omnium sheds more of seal operations
LEVALLOIS, FRANCE Cie. Plastic Omnium has sold more of its Performance Plastics Products business to concentrate on its core operations in automotive and large containers for trash, recycling and composting, and street furniture such as benches and signs.
The company did not disclose any details of the sale in a Sept. 1 news release, noting only that the European operations and a U.S. distribution center were sold in August. The company did not give a price for the sale or identify the buyer. Officials did not immediately respond to questions for further information about the sale.
Plastic Omnium, based in Levallois, posted 2007 sales of more than 2.6 billion euros (about $3.7 billion). Its automotive exterior parts include plastic front, rear and fender modules and plastic fuel tanks through its 50 percent stake in Inergy Automotive Systems.
Performance Plastics Products known as 3P specializes in fluoropolymer seals and has annual sales of about 60 million euros ($87 million). Plastic Omnium sold the bulk of its North American assets in 2006 to Fenner plc of Hessle, England.