Custom molder P&P Industries relocates
MORRISON, ILL. — Custom injection molder P&P Industries Inc. will move to a larger facility that will give it more room for its existing business and space to grow even further.
The Morrison-based molder is maxed out on space at its current site, with the addition of a 780-ton Haitian and three all-electric presses from Toshiba — one 500-ton and two 400-ton machines. Construction will begin in July on a new 96,000- square-foot plant in nearby Sterling, Ill.
The move to the new site will take place over six to nine months to avoid any interruptions in production, said Tony Nardi, vice president of operations. P&P now occupies a 75,000-square-foot building.
The new site will be on 13 acres in Sterling, with enough space to potentially expand to 160,000 square feet in three construction phases, if growth continues to build as expected.
Plasti-Paint adding $3.7M site in Georgia
ST. LOUIS, MICH. — Plastic parts painting specialist Plasti-Paint Inc. will expand into the Southeast, investing $3.7 million on a new plant in Franklin, Ga.
Plasti-Paint, based in St. Louis, does not mold plastics, but instead provides Class A surfaces including complex shapes and metallics for the auto, agricultural, recreational-vehicle and office-furniture industries. It opened in 1990 and expanded to DeWitt, Iowa, in 2000.
The new Franklin plant will employ as many as 60 during the next two years. The firm is refurbishing and adding square footage to an existing building in Franklin, which is near the Alabama border, according to a July 7 news release from the state of Georgia.
Pella adds workers at Ky. window plant
MURRAY, KY. — Pella Corp. is adding 75 workers at its Murray plant this summer, citing strong demand for the its Pella 350 Series of vinyl windows and patio doors.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the expansion. The jobs were added in June.
The plant manager of the Murray operation, Doug Dieleman, said the new employees were needed to make more of the energy-efficient windows.
Pella also makes glass-fiber-reinforced composite windows and doors in Murray.
Pella Corp. is based in Pella, Iowa.
Spartech adds line for Extreme TPO sheet
CLAYTON, MO. — Spartech Corp. has wrapped up a $6 million project that expanded the size of its plant in Cape Giradeau, Mo., where it has installed a new line making Extreme TPO-brand thermoplastic olefin sheet.
The line — the firm's seventh in Cape Girardeau — includes a clean room and dedicated regrind and automated additive-control systems, officials with Clayton-based Spartech said in a June 29 news release. The project has created several new jobs as well.
Extreme TPO sheet is used in large thermoformed parts for exterior applications in the recreational vehicle, heavy-truck, agricultural and construction-vehicle markets. It also offers high melt strength and superior weatherability, officials said.
Miller diversifies into energy projects
SAGINAW, MICH. — Thermoforming mold maker Miller Mold Co. has invested more than $300,000 in additional equipment at its Saginaw facility and is diversifying into new work in advanced energy technology projects.
The bulk of Miller Mold's work is still in food packaging and appliance parts, but it also is developing tools to produce parts for renewable energy systems from algae and other bio-based feedstock, Chief Operating Officer Hank Baxter said in a June 15 telephone interview.
The company invested $309,000 in new machining equipment, and won a 50 percent tax break for three years from the Saginaw Township board of trustees. The equipment was installed in the existing property.
The firm also is hoping to add six people to its current staff of about 30, Baxter said.