Canada funds Entropex recycling trial
SARNIA, ONTARIO Entropex is receiving federal funding to develop recycling technology of mixed plastics.
The Sarnia firm will set up a demonstration project for the technology and expects to create 60 new jobs in the program, according to a report in the Sarnia Observer.
Plastics used would be non-bottle types that are not collected in Ontario's Blue Box curbside recycling program.
This is a tremendous breakthrough in the ability to recover this particular material, owner and President Keith Bechard said in the report. He declined requests for further comment.
The amount of federal funding was not disclosed, but the project is one of 16 clean-technology projects that shared C$58 million (US$55.1 million) in funding. Entropex reprocesses post-consumer and post-industrial plastics. It recycles Blue Box materials for automotive and other markets.
Also involved in the project are Procter & Gamble Co., Klockner Pentaplast of Canada Inc., Ideal Pipe Partnership, the city of Guelph, Ontario, and the University of Western Ontario.
If the demonstration project succeeds, it will be followed by a permanent facility.
Former Alcoa unit shuts Michigan plant
FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. Electronics and electrical distribution company AEES Inc. is closing its Mattawan, Mich., plastic components division, cutting 372 jobs.
Officials for the Farmington Hills-based company could not be reached for comment, but the firm has filed a notice with the state of Michigan that it will close the plant. The closure is due by June 1, sources said, with some equipment and work slated to go to other AEES facilities before that date.
AEES was part of Alcoa Inc.'s Alcoa Electrical and Electronic Systems group, which also included AFL Automotive business. The unit makes electronics used in the auto, telecommunications, medical and consumer electronics industries. Its plastics components unit injection molds close-tolerance parts for those electrical systems.
Private equity group Platinum Equity LLC acquired AEES from Alcoa in June.
Formtech selling Ohio site's equipment
STOW, OHIO Extruder Formtech Enterprise Inc. is selling off equipment in a Feb. 3 auction at its Stow plant as it finishes an 18-month consolidation of manufacturing.
Actually we're a lot smaller now, but we've managed to adjust to our sales level. It took awhile, but we've been profitable for probably nine months. This year starting out actually looks a little better, said Formtech President and owner Dave Turk in a Jan. 22 telephone interview.
The firm concentrated manufacturing in Fairview, Pa., and Bogart, Ga., last year, while keeping its headquarters in Stow.
Cincinnati Industrial Auctioneers Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, will handle the Feb 3 on-site auction, including plastic extrusion, toolroom and support equipment. The facility also is for sale.
The recession has had a pretty significant impact on our business some of our customers were down 60 percent, Turk said.
Formtech's concentration in construction and retail hurt business, and it was forced to lay off many employees in mid-2008, he said. In 2008, it employed about 40 in Stow. Now it employs only seven there, all in administration.
Celgard adds lithium-ion battery plant
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Lithium-ion battery supplier Celgard LLC will build its second U.S. plant in Concord, N.C., as part of an expansion to meet increasing demand for the batteries.
Celgard already makes polypropylene and polyethylene microporous films used in individual lithium-ion battery cells at its headquarters plant in Charlotte. The company will expand capacity at that site as well as add a plant in Concord, Celgard announced Jan. 20.
The Charlotte expansion will begin immediately. Construction in Concord will begin in the last half of 2010. Celgard expects to add 200 jobs through both projects.
Celgard is a subsidiary of Polypore International Inc. It received a $49 million grant through the Department of Energy that is designed to help create U.S. jobs in automotive electrification. It expects to match that investment through its own expansion plans.
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