Traex buy gives Vollrath plastics ability
SHEBOYGAN, WIS. Food-service equipment supplier Vollrath Co. LLC has purchased injection molder Traex Co. from Libbey Inc. in a deal Vollrath said will add plastics to its existing manufacturing base.
The companies did not disclose the transaction price.
Vollrath, based in Sheboygan, has metal stamping and fabrication production now, turning out items for the housewares and food-service industries. Adding Dane, Wis.-based Traex will bring it new capabilities in plastics, the company said in an April 28 announcement.
Traex injection molds trays, table-top accessories, dishwasher trays and other products. Toledo, Ohio-based Libbey bought the company in 2003 from Menasha Corp.
Auto supplier Lacks gets tax aid to grow
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. Lacks Enterprises Inc. is planning to invest nearly $1 million in one of its injection molding plants in Kentwood, Mich.
Kentwood City Commission members approved a tax abatement to help finance the project for the Grand Rapids-based auto supplier. The work will be at one of Lacks' exterior trim facilities.
The expansion will cover the cost of a new Milacron press and auxiliary equipment, city officials said.
The company has also informed the city it plans to seek tax abatements for other upcoming projects that will add equipment and space to its facilities in Kentwood, although it has not formally started the process yet.
Lacks did not respond to requests for comment.
ACH expands for Ford taillight business
DEARBORN, MICH. Automotive Components Holdings LLC has added three presses and automation equipment to make multicolored taillights at its Sandusky, Ohio, plant.
Engel North America supplied one 1,000-ton and two 1,250-ton presses, each with multiple injection units and auxiliary equipment, to create three complete automated manufacturing cells at ACH, which is owned by Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co.
The presses are turning out acrylic taillight lenses for the 2011 Ford Explorer SUV and other Ford vehicles.
Two new bans imposed on plastic bags
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. Santa Clara County supervisors have passed a ban on plastic bags in unincorporated areas of the county, while a village in New York state will prohibit retailers there from using non-biodegradable bags.
The bans are the fifth and sixth to be passed in the U.S. this year.
In Santa Clara, the board said the measure, which will go into effect Jan. 1, will affect 56 retailers that hand out an estimated 32,000 plastic bags annually. There is an exemption for plastic newspaper bags and for restaurants, non-profit groups and social organizations.
The ban also will require that retailers charge at least 15 cents for paper bags in an effort to influence shoppers to use reusable bags.
Meanwhile, a Long Island village with a population of 4,000 has passed a measure prohibiting the use of non-biodegradable bags by retailers, markets and restaurants. The Southampton Village Board voted 5-0 for the ban. Merchants have six months to start using paper or reusable bags. Violators face a $1,000 fine, and up to 14 days in jail.
The non-profit Citizens Campaign for the Environment said Southampton is the first New York state municipality to implement a ban on plastic bags. It said a similar ban exists in Westport, Conn.
In Oregon, a bill that would ban plastic bags and require retailers to charge 5 cents for paper bags is stalled in the Senate Rules Committee after passing the Senate Environmental and Natural Resources Committee late last month.
Earlier in April, Newport Beach, Calif., declined to enact a ban on plastic bags, citing potential litigation issues.
Twenty-one U.S. communities have plastic bag bans, and Washington, D.C., has a 5-cent fee on paper and plastic carryout bags.