Cantex closing Mo. PVC conduit plant
FORT WORTH, TEXAS PVC conduit extruder Cantex Inc. announced Sept. 22 it will close its plant in Rolla, Mo., next month.
This was not by any means an easy decision, especially considering how long we've been a part of the Rolla community, said Don Wirtanen, president and chief operating officer, in a news release. These are good, hard-working people who have been loyal to Cantex. We examined all options and tried to find a better solution but, in the final analysis and given the current economic conditions, we had no other choice.
The Rolla plant employs 48; those with a year or more of service will receive a severance package. Cantex said it has no plans to reopen the plant soon.
The Fort Worth firm said it will continue to serve customers nationwide through its remaining conduit plants in Aurora, Ohio; Auburndale, Fla.; Mineral Wells, Texas; and Kingman, Ariz.
Earlier this year, Cantex said that to avoid permanently shutting down plants, it had implemented a system where it systematically shut down plants on a temporary, rotating basis.
Gerresheimer opens sites in US, Spain
REGENSBURG, GERMANY Gerresheimer Wilden GmbH is expanding in the global market for plastic pharmaceutical packaging products with a new plant in Spain, plus the opening of a previously announced U.S. research and development center.
The just-opened plant in Masalavés, Spain, will allow Gerresheimer to serve southern and central Europe. The plant primarily will produce bottles as well as dosage and closure systems, including contact-lens-care products.
On Sept. 24, Gerresheimer opened the R&D center in Peachtree City, Ga., next to an existing plant. The Regensburg-based firm hopes to use the center to introduce products from Europe to North America, such as insulin pens and inhalation systems.
Genesis gains space for operations
FORTVILLE, IND. Medical parts maker Genesis Plastic Welding has purchased land that could provide up to double the production space in Fortville, along with additional warehousing and offices.
Genesis will have up to 50,000 square feet available in the new facility, which is near Genesis' operations in the Indianapolis suburb of Fortville.
The company also noted in a Sept. 17 news release that it expects to add employees to keep up with new sales.
Genesis uses proprietary radio-frequency and ultrasonic welding to make a variety of products for the medical industry, including blood-pressure cuffs and inflatable bladders.
Calif. firm building Ind. bottling plant
ONTARIO, CALIF. California's Niagara Bottling LLC will build a bottling plant in Plainfield, Ind., as its first move into the Midwest.
The Ontario firm will mold bottles and fill them with up to 300,000 gallons of water per day bought from Plainfield's municipal water system, executives told local media in Indiana.
Niagara has four locations in California and sites in Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. It is buying a facility to house two high-speed bottling lines now, and the site has room for growth.
The company produces both PET and high density polyethylene bottles marketed under its name and store-brand names.
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