Key Plastics plant closing to cut 30 jobs
FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. Auto supplier Key Plastics LLC will close its Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., injection molding facility by the end of June and move work there to its other facilities.
The shutdown will cut 30 jobs, according to a notice filed with the state of Michigan on May 20.
Key purchased the former Soo Plastics Inc. in 2002. The Farmington Hills-based injection molder recently completed a restructuring within Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., re-emerging in February through a debt-for-equity swap.
Mold maker GRW investing in equipment
KENTWOOD, MICH. Mold maker GRW Technologies Inc. plans to spend $2 million to buy equipment from a plant slated for closure by another company. GRW will add the equipment to its headquarters facility in Kentwood.
GRW, a unit of Walter SÃ¶hner GmbH & Co. KG of Schwaigern, Germany, plans to buy equipment from Continental AG's Elkhart, Ind., plant, which now is in the process of shutting down because of the changing auto industry.
The equipment will allow GRW to expand its capabilities and tap into additional business, executives told local newspapers earlier this month.
In a May 19 news release from the state of Michigan, the company said it expects to create 66 new jobs in Kentwood, a suburb of Grand Rapids. It will receive $606,900 in state tax credits to help finance the work.
Mann+Hummel expanding Michigan site
PORTAGE, MICH. Mann+Hummel Automotive Inc. will invest $19.8 million at its Portage plant making air-intake manifolds, air cleaners and fluid reservoirs for the North American auto industry.
The plant expansion will also add about 200 jobs in Portage, the state of Michigan said in a May 19 news release about the work.
Portage-based Mann+Hummel Automotive, a North American unit of Ludwigsburg, Germany-based auto supplier Mann+Hummel GmbH, has been growing steadily since it first entered the U.S. market in 1997. It posted about $120 million in North American sales in 2007.
The company has been bringing production of some parts to North America from Germany and adding capacity in blow molding and suction blow molding in the region in addition to injection molding.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. will provide $2.4 million in state tax credits. Mann+Hummel had considered competing sites in Indiana and Kentucky before deciding to expand in Portage.
Poly-America founder Steven Ross dies
DALLAS Steven Ross, founder of film and bag maker Poly-America LP, died at age 66 on May 16 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Ross, who lived Dallas, founded Poly-America of Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1976. The company now operates four plants and has annual sales estimated at $225 million.
Poly-America bills itself as the world's largest producer of polyethylene construction film and as one of the world's largest PE recyclers. Its products include trash bags, sheeting, specialty film and geomembranes.
Ross was described as an amazing guy by Bill Bowie, chief operating officer of Resin Technology Inc., a consulting firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Bowie began his career in plastics working for Ross at Poly-America for five years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Steve taught us to see ourselves as being in the resin business, Bowie said. He didn't think of himself as a film maker or a bag maker. If you asked him, he'd say he was in the resin business.
Ross, who was born in Alexandria, Minn., is survived by three adult children and seven grandchildren. His son Michael now serves as Poly-America's president.
A memorial service for Steven Ross was held May 19 in Dallas. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Dallas Jewish Community Center Youth Sports Department, 7900 Northhaven Road, Dallas, Texas, 75230.