Nypro targeting overseas operations
CLINTON, MASS. To meet growing demand in European medical markets, Nypro Inc. has several overseas expansions and an acquisition planned for 2010.
Brian Payson, vice president of Nypro Healthcare, said the Clinton-based company will add a 10,000-square-foot clean room at its plant in Bray, Ireland, to serve the drug-delivery and diagnostics market. A new 25,000-square-foot clean room is scheduled to be completed by July at its plant in Chartres, France.
The company also is converting 30,000 square feet of space previously used for consumer electronics manufacturing at its Shenzhen, China, plant into white and clean room space to serve the domestic medical market in that country.
Payson said Nypro soon will announce an acquisition aimed at the European market.
Inergy Mich. plant to make Ford parts
PARIS Blow molder Inergy Automotive Systems is investing nearly $6.3 million in new equipment for its Adrian, Mich., plant for new production.
Paris-based Inergy is a multilayer fuel-tank and fuel-system supplier. The company told Adrian city officials that it has a contract to make 2010 and 2011 parts for Ford Motor Co.'s Edge and Focus vehicles at the site.
The Adrian City Commission approved a 12-year tax abatement Jan. 4 to help Inergy finance the project.
TriEnda to expand Ind. pallet production
PORTAGE, WIS. TriEnda LLC is expanding its 1-year-old manufacturing operation in Marion, Ind., the city's Chronicle-Tribune newspaper reported Dec. 28.
TriEnda officials are eyeing a mid- to late-summer 2010 expansion that will grow the Marion operation by about 50 percent and add to the plant's workforce of 75, the report said. Officials at the Portage-based thermoformer would not comment further.
Reportedly, the expansion will include a proprietary thermoforming machine to account for increased demand for TriEnda's pallets. The firm will add a grinding operation for scrap to be uses in future pallet production, as well as training facilities at the Marion site.
TriEnda originally received a state incentives package of about $2.5 million to build the plant, which opened in January 2009. The city of Marion provided property-tax abatement, better rail access, and facilitated lease-hold improvements and equipment installation.
Grant aids Replex in solar power R&D
MOUNT VERNON, OHIO Replex Mirror Co. Inc., dba Replex Plastics, is taking solar collector research to a higher level.
The Mount Vernon-based firm is sharing a $1.25 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to develop prototype mirrors that collect sunlight for photovoltaic cells. Replex is sharing the grant with Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and Dovetail Solar and Wind of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
This is a major opportunity for us to grow, Replex President Mark Schuetz said in a telephone interview. We believe we have a better mousetrap.
Previous work by Replex resulted in thermoformed acrylic mirrors coated with aluminum or silver that concentrate sunlight. The current grant will be used to make prototypes over the two-year project. Schuetz said he expects models will go through several design iterations before being optimized.
Ohio State will contribute expertise in photovoltaic cells. Dovetail, a solar and wind technology installer, is a potential customer of the solar mirrors.
Last spring Replex got a $350,000 Ohio Third Frontier grant to work on solar mirrors and related technology.
Electrocution victim is contract worker
HAZLETON, PA. Pennsylvania State Police have identified the victim of an electrocution at a bottle molder Pretium Packaging LLC plant as an outside contractor working on an air compressor.
Steven Koffel of Canton, Ohio, worked for Gardner Denver Inc. and was working at Pretium's Hazleton plant Dec. 17 when he touched a live connection inside a control panel, police said.
Koffel was treated at the scene, but pronounced dead at Hazleton General Hospital, police said.
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