Bayer moving Northeast film production
PITTSBURGH Bayer MaterialScience LLC will shift some of its polycarbonate film production from Connecticut to Massachusetts by the end of the year.
Pittsburgh-based Bayer will move production of Makrofol-brand PC film and Bayfol-brand PC blend film from Berlin, Conn., to Whately, Mass., officials said in a July 20 news release. The Berlin site employs 20, some of whom will be offered positions in Whately.
The move will enable Bayer to meet the changing demands of the market and strengthen its U.S. production, said Richard Sabatine, vice president of functional films and specialties for North America. All PC film-making equipment will be moved from Berlin to Whately, Bayer spokesman Sean Kelly said. The firm is seeking a buyer for the Connecticut site.
Makrofol and Bayfol films are used in instrument panels, trade show displays, control panels and similar applications. The Whately plant has been making film based on thermoplastic polyurethane and specialty elastomers for more than 30 years.
Bayer MaterialScience is a unit of chemicals giant Bayer AG of Leverkusen, Germany. The unit is one of the world's largest engineering resin makers, employing 15,000 worldwide and posting sales of 9.7 billion euros ($12.6 billion) in 2008.
UFE to consolidate molding operations
OSCEOLA, WIS. UFE Inc. is closing its Stillwater, Minn., operations and consolidating molding in Osceola.
Executives for the company were not available to comment, but local news reports said most of the 60 Stillwater workers will transfer to the nearby Osceola plant.
UFE was founded in Stillwater and built into a high-precision molder of parts for the automotive, medical and appliance industry. Catalina Precision Products Inc. of Canton, Mich., bought the company in 2008. Since then, Catalina has moved its own headquarters to Osceola and is now centralizing more production there.
MMI to move molding into new plant
PLYMOUTH, MICH. Molded Materials Inc. will spend $2.9 million to buy and renovate an injection molding plant in Saline, Mich., and will consolidate operations from two other sites.
The molder currently has three facilities in Plymouth, including its headquarters. The Saline plant will replace two of those. The company also expects to add up to 29 jobs during the next five years, it said in a July 22 news release.
The state of Michigan is providing a $420,388 tax break to help finance the new plant.
Molded Materials is rebranding itself as MMI Engineered Solutions to focus on its experience in complete product development and its in-house engineering business. The 40-year-old company makes products for a variety of industries, including automotive, food handling and medical. It expects to expand into more industries.
JSP official suspected of $1.6M theft
WAYNE, PA. A former controller with engineered plastic foam producer JSP International LLC has been charged with stealing about $1.6 million from the firm over a period of at least five years.
Jeffrey Ramsey, 46, was charged in May with more than 2,300 counts of theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, identity theft, unlawful use of a computer and similar crimes against JSP, which has its headquarters in Wayne.
The Phoenix newspaper in Phoenixville, Pa., reported July 18 that Ramsey wrote as many as 329 checks for amounts under the $5,000 limit that would have required approval by two company officials. He reportedly admitted that he transferred some of the money to his co-owned spa and salon in Philadelphia.
A police spokesman said the newspaper report was accurate, but would not comment further on the case. JSP officials did not return telephone calls seeking comment.
JSP makes engineered foams such as expanded polypropylene at a plant in Butler, Pa. The company claims it is the largest EPP foam producer in the world. It is part of JSP Corp., a publicly traded company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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