Owens Corning plans Texas expansion
TOLEDO, OHIO Owens Corning plans to spend up to $21 million to expand its Amarillo, Texas, plant to meet increased demand for composites.
Amarillo Economic Development Corp. approved a $1.5 million grant June 9 to help finance a job expansion there. Additional funds will be used to add production capacity, AEDC President and CEO Buzz David said June 10 by phone.
Owens Corning is expected to hire up to 145 people at Amarillo, where it makes glass fibers used in thermoplastic and thermoset composites, mainly for the auto industry, David said.
In 2009, the Toledo-based firm laid off about 275 workers in Amarillo nearly half its workforce there because of the slowing economy, but has since hired them back. The new jobs are in addition to those numbers, according to David.
Blow molder Schutz invests $50M in Ga.
NORTH BRANCH, N.J. Schutz Container Systems Inc. will invest $50 million in a massive new blow molding plant in Carl, Ga.
North Branch-based Schutz will relocate its Georgia operations from Doraville to nearby Carl, according to recent reports in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald. The new plant is expected to cover 300,000 square feet and employ 150. Schutz's plastic products include blow molded drums and pallets made from high density polyethylene.
Carl and surrounding Barrow County have grown in recent years as the metro Atlanta area has expanded, according to Tommy Jennings, president of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce in Winder, Ga.
It's slowed down a little bit, but businesses are relocating to follow their employees, he said June 7 by phone.
The plant eventually could be expanded to cover almost 600,000 square feet and add 200 more jobs.
Construction could begin later this year, with the opening scheduled for 2011, Jennings said. The Doraville plant will close once the Carl site opens.
In 2008, Schutz purchased a 38-acre site in Carl for about $4 million, according to one report. Schutz officials in the U.S. could not be reached for comment. Parent Schutz GmbH & Co. KGaA is headquartered in Selters, Germany.
Schutz operates five U.S. plants and is ranked as North America's No. 39 blow molder in a recent Plastics News ranking, with estimated sales of $40 million.
ConAgra Foods opts for plastic pallets
OMAHA, NEB. U.S. food giant ConAgra Foods Inc. has decided on plastics in a very public spat switching to plastic pallets made for Intelligent Global Pooling Systems Co. LLC (iGPS) from wood ones from Australia-based Brambles Ltd.
The news comes after a pallet war between Sydney-based Brambles and iGPS of Orlando, Fla., played out in the media. Brambles claimed that the fire retardant used in plastic pallets deca-bromine causes cancer, while iGPS said wood pallets carry food-poisoning bacteria.
ConAgra, based in Omaha, has been using about 7 million wood pallets from Chep, a division of Brambles, per year.
Brambles refused to comment but released a statement saying it is always disappointing to lose business. However, the company said ConAgra's contribution to Brambles' annual sales amounts to less than 1 percent a year.
According to The Australian newspaper in Sydney, Brambles has lost business with several food giants this year, including Kraft, Quaker Oats, Tropicana and Gatorade.
Railing Dynamics' A. Terrels dies at 53
LINWOOD, N.J. Andrew Terrels, the 53-year-old president of Railing Dynamics Inc., died of a heart attack April 24, while traveling overseas.
Christopher Terrels, RDI's vice president and marketing director, has been appointed president. Finance director Jon Gronow was named executive vice president.
Brothers Andrew and Christopher Terrels founded the firm in 1989.
Andy was a well-admired, talented leader who was a mentor and inspiration to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, marketing communications manager Carol Lyn Groce said in a news release. We are deeply saddened by his passing.
Railing Dynamics of Egg Harbor Township, near Linwood, is a composite decking and railing fabricator.
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