Thieves rob Autech Plastics factory
AUBURN, N.Y. A shuttered custom injection molding plant in Auburn was burglarized by truck-driving thieves who made off with tons of manufacturing equipment.
Molds, reclaimed material grinders, temperature-control units, and other items valued at more than $200,000 were taken from the 12,000-square-foot Autech Plastics facility sometime between the Friday and Monday before Thanksgiving [Nov. 26], President Charles Beck said in a Nov. 30 telephone interview.
Autech Plastics shut down in May. The diversified custom molder made parts for industries including automotive and medical, Beck said.
Honeoye, N.Y.-based Cy Plastics Works Inc. bought much of Autech's equipment and its customer list after the May closing, but did not acquire the business or real estate.
Police theorize that the equipment might have been stolen to be sold as scrap metal, Beck said.
Four Star to open new extrusion plant
COLUMBIA, S.C. Four Star Industries LLC is investing $2.75 million to open a plant in rural Allendale County, S.C., that will extrude high density polyethylene pipe and conduit. The plant will employ about 50.
Four Star will market its products to the telecommunications, electrical and cable television industries, according to a state Department of Commerce news release.
Dave Ward, a managing partner in Four Star, said in a Nov. 30 telephone interview that he will give more details about the project after company officials finalize business plans. Four Star plans to begin production in the first quarter of 2010.
JCI worker death under investigation
GLENDALE, WIS. Police are continuing an investigation into the death of a worker at a Johnson Controls Inc. auto supply plant in Pulaski, Tenn.
Details were not released, but JCI officials confirmed that an employee was injured at work Nov. 24 and later died.
Glendale-based JCI, with its auto production hub in Plymouth, Mich., said it is cooperating with police.
Pulaski police were not available to discuss the incident. Local news reports said the employee was discovered stuck inside some equipment.
The Pulaski plant makes foam for auto seating.
Bag manufacturer building new plant
HUNTINGTON PARK, CALIF. Universal Plastic Bag Manufacturing Co. is building a new production facility in Ontario, Calif., the firm said in a Nov. 18 news release.
The new building will streamline manufacturing at the Huntington Park-based firm, which currently has manufacturing plants in Huntington Park and Gardena, Calif.
According to the release, the facility will house all key equipment, including eight Alpine extruders, T-shirt bag machinery, four-color flexographic and in-line printers and in-line bag-making machines. The firm broke ground Sept. 25 on the plant.
Universal has been in business since 1986 and processes polyethylene and polypropylene for film, sheet, tubing and bags for markets including retail, food service, furniture, medical, and waste disposal.
Reifenhauser, Kiefel name US home
DANVERS, MASS. Danvers is the new U.S. home for the Reifenhauser and Kiefel film machinery businesses.
A 10,000-square-foot facility about 20 miles northeast of Boston will house support services for customers of the German companies' new U.S. operation, called Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion.
ReifenhÃ¤suer GmbH & Co. KG bought Kiefel Extrusion GmbH from Bruckner Technology Holding GmbH in August. Both blown film machinery makers had run their own U.S. operations in New England Reifenhauser Inc. in Ipswich, Mass., and Kiefel Inc. in Hampton, N.H.
Steve DeSpain, vice president of sales and marketing for the newly merged company, said Nov. 16 was the official Danvers move-in date.
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