Tarjac Inc. expands finishing operations
WATERLOO, N.Y. Tarjac Inc. is adding silk-screening capabilities to its custom finishing operations.
We're doing silk screening on hard goods and plastic products, said marketing director Jeff Crawford.
Basically we had to pass on business before. This gives us an expanded market to shoot for, he added.
The Waterloo-based company already did pad printing, but the silk-screening printing process enables it to apply single- and multicolored text and logos that can go on larger products.
Tarjac has been decorating plastic, metal and other hard goods since 1989. The company serves many consumer-product manufacturers in the outdoor goods, automotive, business equipment and medical-device industries.
Tarjac typically will offer silk screening in conjunction with its other finishing options, including hydro-graphics, color coating, clear coating, sublimation and electromagnetic interference/radio frequency interference shielding.
Alpla-Werke closes Spanish preform site
HARD, AUSTRIA Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG has closed its PET bottle preforms plant La Carolina, Spain, blaming the closure on decreasing sales volume for bottled water in Spain.
According to a Feb. 25 email from spokeswoman Sabrina Ortner, machinery and some employees of the La Carolina facility were transferred to other Alpla plants in Spain. The building is for sale.
Alpla acquired the plant during its 2007 takeover of Technopet. According to Ortner, 200 million preforms had been produced there.
Hard-based Alpla operates 134 plants in 37 countries, employing 12,000 globally. It had $2.9 billion in 2009 sales.
Firm debuts cup lid with recycled content
BOULDER, COLO. Colorado-based Eco-Products Inc., a single-use, food-service products company, has introduced EcoLid 25, which the Boulder company claims is the first hot-coffee-cup lid with 25 percent recycled polystyrene.
This is one of the most significant technological advances the sustainable food-service products market has ever seen, said Luke Vernon, chief operating officer of Eco-Products, in announcing the market innovation in March. While most of the industry has been focused on sustainable alternatives for paper hot cups, the lids for those cups have largely been ignored.
EcoLid 25 will be made by thermoformer LidWorks (formerly known as M&N Plastics) in Plant City, Fla., using recycled PS resin from recycled resin manufacturer NextLife LLC.
Boca Raton, Fla.-based NextLife has a plastics recycling plant in Frankfort, Ky., and is building a second recycling plant in Michigan, scheduled to open in the first half of this year.
Eco-Products' Evolution World line also includes hot cups made from 24 percent post-consumer fiber. Its EcoGrip hot-cup sleeve is made from 90 percent post-consumer fiber.
New site, same city letting BRC breathe
CHURUBUSCO, IND. Automotive supplier BRC Rubber & Plastics Inc. will spend $1.1 million to move its Ligonier, Ind., compression molding operations across town to a larger facility closed by Freudenberg & Co. KG's Vibracoustic N.A. in 2009.
The move will triple the amount of space BRC has in Ligonier, according to Mike Meyer, BRC executive vice president. The new building has about 100,000 square feet of space, whereas the current facility consists of a 29,000-square-foot main building and a 4,000-square-foot auxiliary structure, Meyer said.
We were totally out of space in our conventional molding operations, he said.
The Churubusco-based company expects to hire about 40 workers over the next three years for the facility, in addition to the 57 already in Ligonier, according to Meyer.
In addition to moving its current production equipment, BRC will buy some machinery from Freudenberg, according to Meyer. Some equipment is already in the new plant, while other machinery will be purchased from other Freudenberg facilities.
BRC will not take over any of the old Vibracoustic business from the plant, Meyer said.