Fortis closing site after Whirlpool loss
SOUTH BEND, IND. Fortis Plastics LLC will close its Henderson, Ky., injection molding plant by mid-November after the largest customer for the site moved production.
The South Bend-based company announced to state and local officials Sept. 14 that it will close the plant and cut 60 jobs by Nov. 14.
About 70 percent of its parts had gone to a Whirlpool Corp. plant in nearby Evansville, Ind. Once Whirlpool closed the plant in June, Fortis had problems filling capacity in Henderson.
The plant was once part of Atlantis Plastics Inc. and was purchased by private investment group Monomoy Capital Partners LP when it formed Fortis in 2008.
When it was owned by Atlantis, the facility was the site of a 2008 workplace shooting in which an employee killed five fellow workers before killing himself.
JAC adding battery, solar panel work
PONTIAC, MICH. Auto supplier JAC Products Inc. is expanding into new production with a $6.2 million investment at its Saline, Mich., plant.
The project is part of a diversification from auto exterior parts into making lithium-ion batteries and solar panel racks.
JAC announced Sept. 15 that it will add 87 jobs in Saline along with the 30,000-square-foot expansion. The company has focused its production in the past on functional exterior trim such as roof racks, but now will be able to broaden its focus.
[The diversification] will help dampen the cycles in the auto industry, said Chief Financial Officer Dan Smoke in a news release. They call this a cyclical industry for a reason.
JAC has injection molding and metal forming processes in-house, with the bulk of its 412-employee workforce in Saline. The Pontiac-based company received more than $570,000 in tax credits from the state of Michigan to help finance its expansion.
Saint-Gobain expands in medical market
VALLEY FORGE, PA. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. will invest $9.1 million at its Beaverton, Mich., facility to accommodate growth in its medical products operations.
Company executives were not immediately available to discuss plans for the site, but the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said in a Sept. 14 news release that the work will include creation of 25-61 jobs there. The state approved a $324,000 tax credit and the city is also considering tax abatements.
The Beaverton plant is part of Saint-Gobain's biopharmaceutical group of products and extrudes tubing and other parts for the medical industry. The company, with North American headquarters in Valley Forge, recently announced it has expanded its line of Pure-Fit SC tubing, which is made in Beaverton, to include a 1-inch size.
CSP contract cuts jobs, retains plant
TROY, MICH. Continental Structural Plastics Inc.'s plant in North Baltimore, Ohio, is staying open after all.
Union workers agreed to a new contract that will keep the plant open, but with only about a quarter of its employees. Officials with Troy-based CSP previously had said that the 214-employee plant would close in October.
United Auto Workers Local 1889 approved the new contract. About 50-60 jobs will remain at the plant, according to local news reports.
CSP does composite molding of auto parts at the North Baltimore plant. Shortly after advising state officials in Ohio that the plant would close, CSP officials said the firm would invest $9 million in a new plant that would be built on an existing site in Huntington, Ind.
CSP specializes in thermoset molding of structural parts and body panels for the automotive and large-truck industries.
Visteon making parts for VW in Russia
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, MICH. Visteon Corp. has opened an automotive interiors manufacturing plant in Kaluga, Russia, about 100 miles southwest of Moscow.
The plant injection molds door panels and other components for the Volkswagen Polo.
The plant will reach full production in the first quarter of 2011. Van Buren Township-based Visteon employs 26,000 at plants in 25 countries.