DelStar ups capacity with new China plant
MIDDLETOWN, DEL. — DelStar Technologies Inc. doubled its capacity in China with the May 18 opening of a 70,000-square-foot facility in Suzhou.
The Middletown-based firm makes plastic nets, nonwovens, filter tubes and cores, plus specialized plastic and metal machined parts. Its components are used in the filtration, automotive, health-care, industrial, food, electronics and textile markets.
The multimillion-dollar facility replaces DelStar's current factory in Suzhou, the firm said in a news release. It did not provide details.
DelStar launched its presence in China with a sales office in Shanghai in 1997, and established its own wholly owned foreign enterprise in 2005.
Windsor Mold spends $9.7M on expansion
WINDSOR, ONTARIO — Windsor Mold Inc. is investing $9.7 million in equipment and an expansion at its Bellevue, Ohio, injection molding plant to make auto parts.
The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a tax credit for the site for the creation of $1 million worth of new payroll, state officials said in a May 23 news release.
Windsor Mold, in Windsor, makes exterior parts at Bellevue. The project includes building a 27,500-square-foot addition to its 130,000-square-foot plant and $8 million worth of presses and auxiliary equipment, the state said.
The expansion also will bring 40 new full-time jobs. Windsor Mold must maintain operations at the site for nine years to qualify for the full tax credit.
Nyloncraft upgrade includes new Engels
MISHAWAKA, IND. — Injection molder Nyloncraft Inc. has installed two new two-shot presses at its Jonesville, Mich., plant as part of a continuous upgrade.
The Engel presses are 1,650-ton units working in a manufacturing cell producing two halves of an auto interior part that are ultrasonically welded together, Engel said in a May 24 news release.
Commercial Tool & Die Inc. of Comstock Park, Mich., designed the tool along with Nyloncraft.
Nyloncraft, based in Mishawaka, is planning to install more Engel equipment for a second manufacturing cell that uses a Moto- man articulating robot and Branson Ultrasonic welding equipment.
Westech buys lines to extrude decking
EVANSVILLE, IND. — Westech Building Products Inc., part of resin maker Westlake Chemical Corp., purchased three decking extrusion lines from Wood Composite Technologies Inc. for $511,350.
Wood Composite, which is shutting down in Nisku, Alberta, disclosed the purchase price in a public filing on the TSX Venture Exchange. Westlake had been leasing the lines to do custom extrusion since fall of 2009.
Wood Composite made wood-plastic composite decking under the Millennium Decking brand.
Dave Hansen, Westlake Chemical senior vice president, said the sale involves three production lines. Westech did not buy the Alberta factory building, he said.
Evansville-based Westech runs a PVC fence and railing extrusion plant in Mount Vernon, Ind., and a window extrusion operation in Calgary, Alberta.
At the annual meeting May 10, shareholders authorized directors to sell the assets of Wood Composite. About a month earlier, the firm said it was selling its pellet mill plant in Nisku to DiCorp Properties Inc. for $2.3 million. John Greenwood, president and CEO of Wood Composite, did not return telephone calls.
Wood Composite reported 2010 sales of $1.6 million, a 40 percent decline from $2.7 million in 2009. The firm lost $3.2 million in 2010 and $2.3 million in 2009.