Nypro injecting money into health care
CLINTON, MASS. Nypro Inc. is partnering with one of its customers in a project that will result in an $82 million investment and 156 new jobs by 2013.
Nypro is working with Novo Nordisk A/S to manufacture a next-generation injectable-insulin pen. For its part of the project, Clinton-based Nypro will add 75,000 square feet of space onto its health-care manufacturing facility in Asheville, N.C.
The addition will house two new high-speed assembly lines holding 33 injection molding presses with 10 automated printers.
The plant currently employs 212.
Groundbreaking will take place in late October, and production is scheduled to begin in March 2012. Nypro said this is the first expansion at the Asheville facility since 2004.
Novo Nordisk is an international medical-device supplier, based in BagsvÃ¦rd, Denmark, that specializes in diabetes-related products.
Ray Grupinski, group president for health care for Nypro, said the project fits into the company's plan to expand its health care plastics manufacturing business at key sites around the world.
Nypro has 44 plants in 15 countries, and annual sales of $1.25 billion.
Cutlery maker buys its first all-electrics
DURHAM, N.C. LC Industries has purchased three Engel all-electric presses and expanded its plastics processing to Durham.
The 550-ton e-motion injection molding presses and three Engel sprue-removal robots were installed during the summer and production of biodegradable cutlery for U.S. military and commercial customers is under way, said Mike Farmer, manufacturing engineer with Durham-based LC Industries.
LCI previously was molding polypropylene, polystyrene and biodegradable cutlery at its plant in Hazlehurst, Miss. That business continues.
The company wanted to use all-electric presses to match the environmental aspect of the degradable plastics used in the cutlery, Farmer said. The Engel presses are the first all-electric machines for LCI.
LCI also makes a variety of paper products, light sticks and other items at Durham. The company is the biggest employer of blind people in the U.S., with six plants, two distribution centers and 30 retail stores on military bases.
It has visually impaired employees working on a variety of support operations including packaging and testing, according to Farmer.
But they're very quiet in compost heaps
DALLAS Apparently U.S. consumers aren't ready for a compostable but loud snack chip bag.
On Oct. 5, Frito-Lay North America Inc. confirmed it is moving away from polylactic acid-based film for five flavors of its SunChips-brand snacks, after consumer complaints about the noise of the bags.
Dallas-based Frito-Lay will still offer the PLA packaging on its original flavor of SunChips.
Memphis, Tenn.-based Bryce Corp. supplies the converted film for the bags.
A Frito-Lay spokeswoman said the company will continue to develop new varieties of environmentally friendly packaging.
TG spending $3 million for equipment
PERRYVILLE, MO. An automotive parts supplier plans to invest more than $3 million to upgrade equipment at its plant in New Albany, Ind., creating up to 30 new jobs by 2013.
TG Missouri Corp. said the expansion follows a new contract to supply components for the new Toyota Camry.
The company makes consoles, dashboard equipment, painted trim parts and safety components.
Founded in 1986, TG Missouri is a unit of Nagoya, Japan-based Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. Toyoda opened the New Albany site in 2005. TG Missouri also has an injection molding site at its headquarters plant in Perryville.
TG Missouri currently employs 90 in New Albany. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered TG Missouri up to $200,000 in performance-based tax credits based on the company's job-creation plans. The city of New Albany will consider additional property tax abatement.