WinCup boosting size of Ariz. site 80%
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. New WinCup Holdings Inc. will spend $7.1 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Tolleson, Ariz., a move the firm expects to generate 50 new jobs by the third quarter of 2010.
Stone Mountain-based WinCup, a leading manufacturer of expanded polystyrene foam disposable cups, bowls, containers, and lids, will add a new 142,000-square-foot facility to its existing 180,000-square-foot manufacturing operation.
Arizona has proven to be an excellent fit for our company, providing us with a growing business environment and strong workforce, CEO George Wurtz III said in a Jan. 21 news release.
Company officials did not return calls seeking additional comment.
According to its Web site, WinCup has eight plants worldwide. The company was formed by Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC of Santa Monica, Calif., to hold businesses bought from Radnor Holdings Corp.
Macro buys another plant in Kentucky
FAIRFIELD, CALIF. Industrial-container manufacturer Macro Plastics Inc. has acquired a 162,000-square-foot plant in Shelbyville, Ky.
Jeff Mitchell, vice president of operations, said the plant will house large-tonnage injection molding machines.
The privately held Fairfield company makes rotational and injection molded bulk reusable containers for agricultural, food, retail and industrial customers. The company said the new plant will serve markets in the East, the central U.S., Mexico and Europe.
Macro also has facilities in Lexington, Ky.; Detroit; and Union Gap, Wash. Macro did not disclose sales figures.
This new facility represents an exciting new opportunity for the continued growth of Macro and a significant reinvestment in the future of manufacturing in Shelbyville, Mitchell said in a news release.
Starting this spring, the Shelbyville plant will mold MacroBin fully vented, solid-wall containers for the agricultural market; ProBin solid-wall and collapsible containers for the food-processing market; ShuttleBin foldable containers for the retail market; and MacroTrac portable flooring.
JCI loses work, will close Ontario plant
PLYMOUTH, MICH. Johnson Controls Inc. said it will close its plant in Lakeshore, Ontario, by the end of March, cutting 110 jobs.
The facility molds overhead systems for Chrysler Group LLC, but lost its contracts for the plant, said spokeswoman Debra Lacey. Johnson Controls, with its auto interiors facility based in Plymouth, told workers Jan. 20 that it would close the site by mid- to late March.
Canadian Auto Workers Local 444 President Rick Laporte told local media he believes the 90 union members at Lakeshore will be able to get jobs at the nearby Chrysler assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario.
Distributor relocates within Colorado
LOUISVILLE, COLO. Plastics distributor Colorado Plastic Products has moved 10 miles from Boulder, Colo., to Louisville, to be closer to Denver.
We moved for energy efficiency and to be closer to more of our customers, said Colorado Plastic President and owner Drew Schwartz.
The 10-year-old building the company is now leasing contains less space and so is easier to heat and cool. The 6,300-square-foot building has 18- to 19-foot ceilings. The firm's former, 50-year-old plant had a 10,000-square-foot footprint and ceilings 12-13 feet tall. Colorado Plastic made the move in December.
Schwartz said business has been good; November was its best month in a 11/2 years. He said his firm has seen a surge in orders from companies in biotechnology, renewable-energy development and aerospace, along with a variety of product-development projects under way in Denver.
Denver is not suffering much from the recession, he said.
Colorado Plastic employs eight and offers fabrication services such as routing, solvent bonding, welding and polishing. It has developed a niche selling materials costing $5-$25 per pound. Schwartz bought the business in 2005.
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