Cascade invests in renewable energy
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. Cascade Engineering Inc. is investing $2.8 million in its Cascade Renewable Energy division, and expects to hire up to 183 more people for the unit during the next five years.
The investment also expands the Grand Rapids-based Cascade beyond its traditional injection molding operations to add engineering, assembly and installation of solar-power cells. CRE also builds small wind turbines, made with blades injection molded by Cascade.
We want to be the leader in distributed renewable energy, said spokeswoman Samia Brown. Wind is not always the best solution all of the time, and solar is not always the best solution all of the time.
The combination will allow the company to offer an array of power solutions, Brown said.
Compounder Enviroplas expanding line
EVANSVILLE, IND. Compounder Enviroplas Inc. is adding a new production line to its facility in Evansville, and could add another 13 jobs there within the next five years.
Enviroplas now has 24 employees and three production lines, said Jim Stratman, president and CEO. The expansion will be housed in an expansion to its 20,000-square-foot building.
The company specializes in engineering resins and has been building upon its existing customer base while also drawing in some new business. Now in its 18th year of operations, the company posted its best year in 2009 by working closely with its customer base, Stratman said.
The new line will allow Enviroplas to continue building on those relationships by offering more to its customers, he said.
Vanderburgh County is providing a tax break on the expansion to help finance the work.
Republic worker loses foot in accident
MCQUEENEY, TEXAS A 22-year-old employee of Republic Plastics Ltd. lost his foot after a July 20 accident at the company's plant in McQueeney.
According to Lt. Kevin Jordan of the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office, Cuauhtémoc Guerra of New Braunfels, Texas, was working on a grinding machine in the factory at about 11 a.m. July 20 when he became entangled.
There was some kind of shield on top of the machine and [workers] were up there doing work. The shield gave way, and [Guerra's] foot went in and was ground off, Jordan said.
Officials of McQueeney-based Republic were unavailable for comment.
Guerra was taken to University Hospital in San Antonio. His condition was not released by the hospital.
The accident is under investigation by the company and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Jordan said.
A search of OSHA records revealed that the last accident at a Republic facility happened in 2006 at the company's plant in San Manuel, Ariz. Republic ended up paying a $1,000 fine to settle the non-fatal accident, which involved and electrical lockout/tagout. The San Manuel plant was mostly destroyed in a fire March 31.
Republic manufactures private-label foam plates and bowls for the consumer retail and institutional food-service tableware markets.
Ameri-Kart buys Enviro-Fill Inc technology
AKRON, OHIO Ameri-Kart Corp., a rotational molder of fuel tanks and other parts for the marine industry, has acquired the technology assets of Enviro-Fill Inc. in a move that will allow its tanks to reduce emissions and help meet new federal standards.
The companies did not disclose a price for the acquisition in a July 21 press release announcing the transaction. Ameri-Kart is part of Myers Industries Inc. of Akron.
New regulations set to take effect in July 2011 require non-automotive machines and transportation to meet emission standards, just as cars and trucks now have. That has prompted new investments in multilayer tanks and other technology for things like lawn mower, all terrain vehicles and boats.
Enviro-Fill, a technology company based in Annapolis, Md., developed an automatic shut-off system using sensors to measure inside the tank, which stops fuel overflow during filling, and reduces vapor emissions.