Wilbert planning $5 million expansion
BELMONT, N.C. A North Carolina company has received $5 million in government aid to expand its injection molding plant in Bellevue, Ohio.
According to a Jan. 31 news release from Ohio Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, Belmont-based Wilbert Plastic Services Inc. has received an Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund loan to purchase another facility in Bellevue, as well as machinery and equipment. The project will create 10 jobs and help to retain 158 employees.
Company officials did not return calls seeking comment.
Wilbert supplies customers in agriculture, automotive, construction, electronics, health care, recreation and waste management. Its injection molding group includes the existing Bellevue plant and factories in Harrisburg, N.C.; Lebanon, Ky.; and St. Matthews, S.C. The company also operates thermoforming plants in Belmont; White Bear Lake, Minn.; and Winthrop, Iowa.
According to Plastics News' most recent surveys, Wilbert ranked No. 18 among North American thermoformers and No. 45 among North American injection molders, with combined 2009 sales of $200 million. The company employs about 800.
Shelburne shifting N.H. plant's location
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT. Blow molder Shelburne Plastics Inc. is moving its New Hampshire plant from Manchester to Londonderry.
We're moving into another plant that is larger and will allow us to be more efficient, owner Gene Torvend said in a Feb. 3 phone interview. Torvend would not discuss details of the plant.
Founded in 1978, Shelburne extrusion blow molds containers ranging from 8 ounces to 1 gallon for dairy and food use, as well as industrial and chemical applications.
The 37,000-square-foot facility in Londonderry is South Burlington-based Shelburne's fourth plant. The firm also operates plants in South Burlington and Jessup, Md., and in 2010 opened a factory in Monticello, N.Y.
Shelburne ranked No. 54 among North American blow molders in Plastics News' most recent survey, with estimated 2009 sales of $20 million. The company employs 140.
Tyco Electronics relocating some work
BERWYN, PA. Tyco Electronics Ltd. is consolidating parts of its recently purchased ADC Telecommunications operations and will shift some work from Minnesota to facilities in New Mexico and Mexico.
The company will eliminate 248 jobs of the 700 currently in Shakopee, Minn., when it shifts mainstream production of electronic components to another former ADC plant in Santa Teresa, N.M., and two plants in Juarez, Mexico one of them a former ADC plant and another a Tyco Electronics plant, said Mike Ratcliff, a Tyco Electronics spokesman.
Tyco Electronics, based in Berwyn, also will close the former ADC headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn., moving some work to the Shakopee plant. Shakopee will continue as a product-development, engineering and prototyping center.
Tyco Electronics finished its ADC buy in December. ADC had its own tooling, injection molding and extrusion operations making parts used in data centers, switches and fiber-optic wires.
IAC adding Romania plant to supply Ford
DEARBORN, MICH. International Automotive Components Group of Dearborn is investing 58 million euros ($78.8 million) in a new interior parts plant in Romania to supply parts for two cars for customer Ford Motor Co.
The plant in Bals, Romania, will employ 400 people and make instrument and door panels, headliners and other interior trim for Ford's plant at Craiova, Romania. The investment will not only support Ford, but will give IAC increased opportunities to supply other carmakers in central and Eastern Europe, the company said in a Jan. 24 news release.
IAC's European operations are based in Krefeld, Germany. It also has facilities in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The Romanian government is supplying aid valued at 17 million euros ($23.1 million) to help support the investment.
The new plant will cover 161,500 square feet and have injection molding equipment ranging with clamping forces of 500-3,200 metric tons, as well as interior-skin and foam-production capabilities.