Italy's REPI planning color plant in N.C.
GASTONIA, N.C. For the second time this month, a European materials firm has announced plans to build a plant in Gastonia.
Italian liquid color and additives maker REPI SpA confirmed it will open a plant to make its products in Gastonia.
The new plant is expected to create 27 jobs and will represent an investment of almost $6 million. REPI has operated a warehouse, labs and offices in nearby Charlotte since 2003 and now needs production in the area as well. Gastonia will be the U.S. headquarters for REPI LLC.
The state's One North Carolina fund is providing REPI with a $75,000 grant to support the expansion.
REPI was founded in 1973 and is based in Lonate Ceppino, Italy.
Textek founder G. Freeborn dead at 84
SAN ANTONIO George Freeborn, the founder and former CEO of injection molder Textek Plastics Inc., died March 15 at age 84.
Freeborn was active in many plastics organizations. His numerous industry honors included the Processors' Achievement Award at the Plastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1994.
Freeborn served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps from 1944-46. He got his start in plastics while in college, working summer jobs at a Yonkers, N.Y., company making vinyl raincoats and shower curtains.
He worked at several thermoformers and rotational molders before he founded San Antonio-based Textek in 1978.
Freeborn was known as an innovator Textek was one of the first custom injection molders to use computer controls on the factory floor.
He was active in the Society of Plastics Engineers and the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., as well as Texas A&M University's polymer materials and manufacturing program.
Study shows extent of plastics in fish
WASHINGTON - A study related to plastic marine debris found that 35 percent of ocean fish had plastic in their stomachs.
Of the fish that ate plastic, the average had two pieces of plastic. Some had as many as 83 pieces.
Most of the fish that ate plastic were deepwater lanternfish, which may come to the ocean surface after dark to feast on plankton.
As the larger pieces of plastic break down, they mimic the size, shape and texture of natural food, said Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Costa Mesa., Calif., and an author of the study. What we're seeing is the entire food web being contaminated by plastic.
Lanternfish are a food source for mahi-mahi, tuna, whales, dolphins, sharks, penguins and seabirds.
Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council in Washington, said ACC had not had an opportunity to review the study.
But Russell was quick to add, We certainly agree that plastics don't belong in our oceans and waterways.
He added that ACC has sponsored and conducted national and localized educational programs to increase awareness of the need to prevent litter, and worked with other organizations to place recycling bins on California beaches.
Deceuninck North America gets new CEO
MONROE, OHIO Deceuninck North America LLC has named its executive vice president and chief financial officer, Filip Geeraert, to the post of CEO.
He replaces Mark Parrish, who is leaving the Monroe-based extruder of vinyl window profiles and composite decking to become CEO at Stuart Dean, a New York-based company that specializes in architectural restoration of metal, stone, wood, glass and tile.
Parrish will remain at Deceuninck through April to smooth the transition.
Geeraert has been an integral part of Deceuninck North America for the past 10 years, and during that time he has played a key role in all of the company's important ventures, said Tom Debusschere, CEO of Deceuninck NV, the parent company based in Hooglede, Belgium.