Ohio's Encore Plastics opening Ga. site
SANDUSKY, OHIO Paint sundries manufacturer Encore Plastics Corp. will open a distribution and manufacturing operation in Forsyth, Ga., in the first quarter of 2011.
The Sandusky injection molder and thermoformer will manufacture and distribute paint-related packaging items, along with a full line of industrial pails, at the 60,000-square-foot Forsyth plant, according to a Nov. 23 news release from Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Encore will begin operations with 25 employees and anticipates expanding the facility and hiring up to 100 workers.
The Georgia location suits Encore's focus on specific markets within the region, Encore President Craig Rathbun said in the release. The location, on Interstate 75, will lower freight costs to customers, he added.
The company will use Quick Start, Georgia's workforce training program, the release said.
Encore's operations include its head office in Sandusky, its primary injection molding plant in Cambridge, Ohio, and a warehouse in Byesville, Ohio. Its primary thermoforming plant is in Remer, Minn., and the company has a plant in Clearfield, Utah, that does injection molding and distribution.
The family-owned firm makes and distributes plastic, paper and metal products, paint applicators, caulking guns and packaging products to customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has annual sales of about $30 million.
Encore is a partner in SurEnergy LLC, a Sandusky-based venture that oversees the sale, financing, installation and service of a range of wind-driven turbines from 10 kilowatts to 1 megawatt in size.
Visteon expanding operations in Brazil
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, MICH. Auto supplier Visteon Corp. is making a multimillion-dollar investment in its interiors and electronics production in Brazil, including injection molding operations.
Most of the funds will go toward expanding and modernizing Visteon's plant in Guarulhos, which makes instrument panels, consoles and other interiors, the company said in a Nov. 23 press release. Much of the focus there will be on injection molding. Other improvements are set for Visteon's plant in Manaus, Brazil, which makes electronics parts including instrument clusters and audio systems.
Visteon, based in the Detroit suburb of Van Buren Township, wants to increase its business in Brazil by 50 percent during the next three years, said Alfeu Doria, the company's lead executive in Brazil.
Brazil's automotive industry is experiencing a significant upswing, and our priority is to capture businesses and meet our current customers' demand, Doria said.
South America accounted for 6 percent of Visteon's revenue in 2009. The firm has 2,000 employees in Brazil and Argentina.
Cavalier launches tool-service facility
WINDSOR, ONTARIO Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Ltd. has opened a tool-repair shop in Texas that will serve customers in the U.S. and Mexico.
The El Paso site opened in early October and has seven full-time employees, said President Brian Bendig in a Nov. 23 telephone interview. He expects to have 20 employees there within its first year.
Windsor-based Cavalier has been in operation since 1975 and has more than 60 employees, producing injection mold and structural foam tooling.
About half of its business is in the auto industry, with other customers in the appliance, recreation and consumer-products industries. It specializes in large tools, and the 20,000-square-foot El Paso plant is capable of working on molds up to 40,000 pounds and 120 inches in size.
N. Dakota getting ADS HDPE pipe plant
HILLIARD, OHIO Pipe maker Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. is opening a new extrusion plant in Buxton, N.D., that will supply a growing market for high density polyethylene pipe in the region.
The Hilliard-based company is not releasing details yet on the size of the plant or the number of employees, but said it is seeing enormous demand for corrugated HDPE pipe in the area.
By manufacturing pipe as close to our customers as possible, it will significantly reduce the time and cost of delivery, Chairman and CEO Joe Chlapaty said in a Nov. 22 news release.
The demand is coming for uses in both agricultural and construction in the U.S., Manitoba, Saskatchewan and western Ontario, the company said.
The Buxton facility is scheduled to open by spring of 2011.