Industrial Molding to expand Texas site
LUBBOCK, TEXAS Injection molder Industrial Molding Corp. is launching a $2 million expansion in Lubbock to keep up with new business, which will also result in the firm adding 60 jobs.
The company noted in a Sept. 21 news release that it has booked $5 million in new business, making parts for a variety of businesses, including a hair care product maker that is transferring production to the U.S. from Asia.
Industrial Molding is a wholly owned subsidiary of NN Inc. of Johnson City, Tenn. It expects to add employees for a variety of positions, including engineers, press operators and toolmakers.
The new work includes contracts from a wide range of companies, including auto suppliers Sanden Corp. and Trico Corp., medical equipment maker Laerdal Medical AS and Farouk Systems Group.
Royal closing Nev. site, consolidating
ATLANTA The window and door profiles division of Royal Group Inc. is consolidating its western U.S. operations as part of companywide cost-cutting efforts.
The division is shuttering its McCarren, Nev., plant and moving production to its Everett, Wash., facility.
Mississauga, Ontario-based Royal Group is owned by Atlanta-based resin and chemicals maker Georgia Gulf Corp.
The consolidation will be complete by year's end, Ashley Mendoza, a Georgia Gulf spokeswoman, said in a Sept. 18 telephone interview.
Details of the McCarren facility's operations were unavailable.
The consolidation is a significant step in the plan to strengthen Royal Group by reducing our costs, Royal Group said in a statement.
Officials at the Reno, Nev.-based Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada said they could not comment on the plant closure due to confidentiality agreements.
San Jose votes to ban plastic, paper bags
SAN JOSE, CALIF. San Jose City Council on Sept. 22 voted 9-1 to ban plastic and paper shopping bags a move which, if finalized, would become the 11th U.S. plastic carryout bag ban.
The San Jose law still requires an environmental review, plus a final approval by the council. If adopted, the ban would take effect Jan. 1, 2011.
The law would ban single-use plastic bags and allow only paper bags with 40 percent recycled content. Consumers would have to pay a fee for those bags.
There are 10 plastic carryout bag bans in the United States, five of which were enacted this year.
Berry invests $4M in Georgia film plant
EVANSVILLE, IND. Berry Plastics Corp. is installing a new 63-inch tandem extruder with co-extrusion capabilities at its Columbus, Ga., facility. The $4 million expansion will add about 25 new jobs at the plant.
We are pleased this project enables Berry to grow our operations in Columbus, where the history of the business dates back to 1946 and over the years has benefited from the continued support of terrific employees and supportive relationships with both the community and government, Robert Weilminster, Berry's executive vice president of corporate development, said in a news release.
Evansville-based Berry received support for the project from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Quick Start, the Development Authority of Columbus, the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Power Co.
Ireland may double single-use bag tax
DUBLIN Irish Environmental Minister John Gormley on Sept. 23 said he will introduce a bill later this year that would double Ireland's tax on single-use plastic bags to 0.44 euros (64 U.S. cents).
Gormley, who announced the move at an environmental conference in Dublin, said the country's bag tax initially was met with resistance, but now has proved hugely popular.
Ireland originally put a 0.15 euro (22 U.S. cents) tax on bags in March 2002.
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