Central Bag moving, entering production
KANSAS CITY, KAN. Central Bag Co, which distributes polyethylene and woven polypropylene bags among its product lines, is moving from Kansas City to Leavenworth, Kan., and establishing manufacturing of plastic bags, according to published reports.
On Feb. 1, the Kansas City Business Journal and The Mirror of Tonganoxie, Kan., reported Central Bag has purchased a 25,000-square-foot building in Leavenworth from Hallmark Cards Inc. for $1 million and plans to add machinery to make woven PP bags.
The newspapers said Central Bag will increase its workforce to 75 from 17 in the next five years.
Central Bag officials did not return calls seeking comment.
Three Ohio molders get energy grants
MANSFIELD, OHIO Injection molder Edge Plastics Inc. will add two new injection molding presses for additional business, with the help of a $651,540 grant from the state of Ohio.
Edge, based in Mansfield, will use the presses to make large household containers, according to a Feb. 8 news release. The company said it will create and retain 44 jobs.
The money is part of an $11.8 million industry efficiency grant program in Ohio, funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's stimulus package. Edge estimates it can save 35 percent of its energy use with the new presses.
Two other Ohio molding plants also received funds.
Delphi Automotive Systems LLC will receive $979,000 to convert boilers from steam heating to gas-fired heating and replace four tube-fired boilers with three steam generators at its injection molding plant in Warren. The Troy, Mich.-based firm estimates it will see more than $388,000 in energy savings.
Blow molder WEK Industries Inc. of Jefferson received a $250,000 grant to install variable-frequency drives on motors and water pumps, install capacitors and replace inefficient lighting.
Milacron offers line of small hydraulics
ANAHEIM, CALIF. Milacron LLC of Batavia, Ohio, announced a new line of Magna Toggle compact hydraulic injection molding presses at the recent Plastec West trade show in Anaheim.
We are bringing back a small hydraulic to the North American market, said Scott Merrill, vice president of sales with Milacron's U.S. injection molding business.
In January, Milacron began selling the line, which has a clamping-force range of 35-400 tons and is being built in a company-owned plant in Ahmedabad, India.
Milacron machine designers in Ohio and India developed the line. A mono-toggle version ranges from 35-90 tons, and a 10-pin double-toggle configuration ranges from 125-400 tons.
Identified as the MFH line, the equipment is our lowest price hydraulic, Glenn Anderson, vice president and general manager of North American injection machinery and global extrusion, said in a news release.
Separately at the show, held Feb. 9-11, the Milacron extrusion group reported selling an advanced extrusion machine to an undisclosed customer in the medical market.
The machine integrates controls for downstream precision and is effective in extruding small-diameter, single- and multilumen tubing, according to Tim Goertemiller, general sales manager for the extrusion systems business.
DME to sell Elmet systems in N. America
ANAHEIM, CALIF. DME Co. of Madison Heights, Mich., assumed exclusive North American distribution, sales and service of Elmet-brand precision cold-runner systems, effective Feb. 9.
Representatives of DME and Elmet, Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH of Oftering, Austria, began discussions several months ago and announced their new partnership at the Feb. 9-11 Plastec West show in Anaheim.
DME's 30-person technical staff will assume responsibility for the Elmet systems, focusing on the liquid silicone rubber processing market. Elmet also makes LSR molds and pumping systems.
Many customers are looking to venture into LSR, said Michael Kreitner, DME business manager for emergent technologies.
Currently, Elmet manufactures the cold-runner systems in Austria, but Kreitner left the door open on future manufacturing plans. DME has production sites in Greenville, Mich.; Windsor, Ontario; and Youngwood, Pa.
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