Oregon's Plasti-Fab adds Florida facility
TUALATIN, ORE. Plasti-Fab Inc. has expanded east, opening a new plant to make its fiberglass-reinforced plastic products in Lakeland, Fla., the Tualatin-based company announced this month.
Plasti-Fab manufactures corrosion-resistant items for the water and wastewater markets, and other industrial applications. Its products include manholes, shelters, flumes and gates, among others.
The Lakeland operation is starting with six employees.
Most importantly, it allows us to provide our composite solutions in a more efficient manner to the East Coast and surrounding areas, Plasti-Fab President Randy Thom said in a news release.
Company officials did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Officials at the Lakeland Economic Development Council were unfamiliar with the firm.
Plasti-Fab has operated for more than 40 years, according to the news release.
General Plastics Inc. targeting fiberglass
MILWAUKEE General Plastics Inc. plans to capture market share in fiberglass replacement with the addition of two thermoforming machines at a cost of about $500,000.
The Milwaukee-based firm recently added a used, three-station rotary machine capable of making 6-foot-by-11-foot parts. General Plastics also added a new, 5-foot-by-4-foot pressure former earlier this year. The projects should boost employment in the fourth quarter, officials said.
The new machines will increase the number of parts we produce per hour as well as [allow] us to manufacture larger parts, President Bob Porsche said in a news release.
He said the three-station rotary alone has state-of-the-art processors, direct drives, and top and bottom ovens each equipped with 210 zones. It's difficult to pass up the opportunity to improve the technical capabilities of your manufacturing line when the market is like this, Porsche said.
Porsche expects the new machinery to help General Plastics take over fiberglass applications.
It's part of our strategic plan to expand into other markets, and the new equipment positions us to hit the ground running when the new contracts are signed, he said.
Clean room expands Diversified offerings
MINNEAPOLIS Injection molder Diversified Plastics Inc. has added a clean room for its assembly, sonic welding and packaging operations.
The company, headquartered in Minneapolis, molds parts for the medical-device, filtration and aerospace markets. The firm started clean room operations in May.
This gives us a big competitive advantage by offering these value-added services, said quality director Joe Bourgeault.
PolyMedix to develop compounds as drugs
RADNOR, PA. Biotechnology company PolyMedix Inc. and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have been awarded a $6.6 million grant to develop new compounds designed to treat illnesses caused by food-borne pathogens.
Richard Scott, vice president of research and co-founder of the 7-year-old Radnor firm, said the grant will help PolyMedix develop compounds that work as active agents against Gram-negative bacteria.
The funds also will cover the cost of developing a drug-delivery product up to the point of clinical trials.
It will move us into bacterial infections, he said in a recent telephone interview. Currently, PolyMedix is developing compounds undergoing clinical trials that would treat pan-Staphylococcal, or Gram-positive, infections.
Roughly $3.5 million of the grant, which was announced July 27, will go to PolyMedix.
PolyMedix develops synthetic small-molecule compounds, cal- led biomimetics, that mimic the activity of large natural proteins. According to the company, the compounds are designed for use as therapeutic drugs that treat infectious diseases and acute cardiovascular bleeding disorders in a way that makes bacterial resistance unlikely to develop.
The company said its strategy is to continue the development of polymeric formulations, such as antimicrobrial biomaterials, that can be used as additives to paints, plastics and textiles to create self-sterilizing products and surfaces.
Step2 earns award from Ohio governor
STREETSBORO, OHIO Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland recently presented Step2 Co. LLC, a Streetsboro-based maker of rotational molded toys, with the Governor's Excellence in Exporting Award.
Step2 claims to be the largest U.S. manufacturer of toys, a market dominated by imported toys. Step2 competes in more than 70 countries.
Officials said international sales for Step2 increased by 30 percent from 2007 to 2008. The award also recognizes how those exports translated into jobs at Step2 and its local suppliers.
Step2 was one of 27 Ohio companies to win the export award this year.
This marks the third time Step2 has received the Ohio exporting award. The company also won in 1998 and 2002.
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