WinCup buys Fla. drinking straw maker
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. New WinCup Holdings Inc. has acquired drinking straw maker Cardinal Unijax LLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
WinCup of Stone Mountain, a major manufacturer of expanded polystyrene foam cups, bowls, containers and lids, found Jacksonville, Fla.-based Cardinal to be a good fit because of its presence in health-care, convenience store and food-service markets, according to a Dec. 9 news release.
The completion of the Cardinal acquisition expands our product portfolio into a unique combination of cup, lid and straw offerings and will create immediate cross-selling opportunities for both business's customers, WinCup President Kevin Keneally said in the release.
Officials from both firms were unavailable for comment.
Westlake buys out compression JV partner
LENNI, PA. Extruder and compression molder Westlake Plastics Co. has bought out its partner's 50 percent share in Westlake United Corp., a compression molding joint venture in Mayfield, Pa.
No purchase price was disclosed in the deal, in which Westlake bought out the remainder of Westlake United from United Laminations Inc., also of Mayfield.
Westlake United employs 25, making sheet based on polypropylene, polycarbonate and other resins in thicknesses ranging from one-quarter inch to 4 inches.
Westlake will benefit from the acquisition by having full control of Westlake United's business operations, sales and marketing director Randy Altland said in a Dec. 7 phone interview.
Westlake employs 75 at its headquarters and manufacturing site in Lenni, where it makes rod, sheet and film products for the medical and industrial markets.
Century building S.C. closures facility
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. Injection molder Century Plastics Inc. will invest $3.5 million to expand at its base in Simpsonville.
The expansion will provide space for a new production line and 25 more jobs, the company said in a Dec. 6 news release.
Century Plastics now has 175 employees, producing custom molded parts for the agriculture, appliance, food-service, youth furniture and pharmaceutical industries.
The expansion will cover the cost of a new 93,000-square-foot building for the firm's Century Closures division, which specializes in caps and closures. Century will launch a new line of dispensing spout caps by the end of the first quarter of 2011. The expansion should be complete by May.
Solutia expanding PVB sheet in Belgium
ST. LOUIS Solutia Inc. will expand production of its acoustic polyvinyl butyral sheet for automotive application to its largest PVB manufacturing site in Gent, Belgium.
The St. Louis-based company already produces standard PVB sheet which is used as an inner layer in windshields and some other windows in cars and trucks at Gent. It added production of a PVB with an added improved acoustic performance for architectural uses at Gent earlier this year.
The new automotive acoustic PVB sheet, sold under the brand name Saflex Q, will be manufactured within the existing production facility, using existing infrastructure, the company said in a Dec. 8 news release.
Solutia currently makes the multilayer Q series for the auto industry in Toribio, Mexico.
TI Automotive opens Mexico tank plant
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. TI Automotive has opened its first fuel-tank blow molding facility in Mexico as part of a plant producing fuel-tank systems for three Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. cars.
The 83,500-square-foot facility in San Luis Potosí has a self-contained production line with blow molding, plus a 3,200-square-foot clean room for producing fuel pumps and modules. The pumps will be welded into the tank shortly after molding, the Auburn Hills-based company said in a Dec. 9 news release.
TI did not disclose the total cost of the new facility. It marks the sixth site for the auto supplier in Mexico.
The San Luis Potosí site employs 20 and has one assembly line.