Ross Mixing finishes another expansion
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Ross Mixing Inc. recently completed a 12,000-square-foot expansion to boost the size of its Port St. Lucie, Fla., plant to 45,000 square feet.
The company added a blast room and a parts storage area. The renovation is the facility's fifth and largest since it opened in 1988, Vice President John Paterson said recently by phone. The firm also increased its workforce by 25 percent, but did not release the total number of employees.
Ross builds laboratory and production-scale equipment including rotor/stator mixers, high-speed dispensers, multishaft mixers, planetary mixers and ribbon blenders. Its current inventory of new and reconditioned equipment is worth more than $13 million. It runs a trial and rental program that is highly successful, according to the company.
Ross Mixing is one of five U.S. manufacturing locations of parent Charles Ross & Son Co., a company that performs specialty mixing, blending, drying and dispersion equipment. The employee-owned company, based in Hauppauge, was founded by the Ross family in 1842.
Charles Ross & Son Co. also has facilities in Wuxi and Qidong City, China; and Maharashtra, India.
Ferro relocating HQ to Cleveland suburb
CLEVELAND — Ferro Corp. plans to move its headquarters out of downtown Cleveland in favor of a suburban site that was abandoned by a company that headed out of state.
The specialty chemicals and polymer compound supplier said in a news release it has signed a long-term lease for a two-story, 63,000-square-foot office building in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, that will become Ferro's global headquarters. The building, which dates to 1989, was vacated last year by Novelis Corp., a producer of rolled aluminum that consolidated its operations in Atlanta.
The building is much larger than Ferro's current headquarters, a 40,000-square-foot building that dates from 1965.
Ferro said its employees should occupy their new offices early this fall.
The new headquarters will house corporate departments and business teams now located at its current headquarters and three locations in Independence. The move will put about 150 employees at the new location.
Plastics Color opens N.C. customer center
CALUMET CITY, ILL. — Color concentrates and additive masterbatch supplier Plastics Color Corp. has opened a 3,000-square-foot design and application-development center at the company's Asheboro, N.C., campus.
The customer center includes a high-end color and product-design center linked to a research and development laboratory and manufacturing center.
Tim Workman, development director for the Calumet City-based company, said the center houses a unique combination of personnel and technology.
Momentive forming JV in China with UPC
COLUMBUS, OHIO — Columbus-based thermoset resin maker Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. and UPC Technology Corp. plan to establish a joint venture factory in eastern China to make specialty phenolic resins, particularly for the country's growing automotive and consumer markets.
The facility, in Zhenjiang, China, is expected to be operating by the end of next year and will be next to an existing UPC manufacturing complex, the companies said in a May 12 statement.
“The rapid growth of the auto and consumer markets in China is driving strong demand for our specialty phenolic resins,” said Joe Chan, Momentive's managing director for Asia, in the statement. “China is now one of the largest markets for phenolics resins in the world, and we anticipate that growth will continue.”
He added, “We plan to continue to invest in China to expand our manufacturing capabilities.”
The factory will make a range of specialty novolac and resole phenolic resins in applications including refractories, friction and abrasives.
Marcello Boldrini, vice president and general manager for Momentive's specialty phenolics business, called the joint venture the “beginning of a long-term relationship” with UPC.
The announcement comes after Columbus-based Momentive said it recently commissioned a Cardura monomers plant in Onsan, South Korea, and started building a Versatic acids plant in China's Shanxi Province.
UPC, which is based in Taipei and is publicly traded on the Taiwanese stock market, is a large producer of plasticizers, PVC, polyester and epoxy resins and other specialty chemicals. It's part of the Mitac-Synnex Group, which has 40 companies and 40,000 employees worldwide.
In related news, Momentive Specialty Chemicals and Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC are planning a regional business headquarters and research and development center in Bangalore.
Momentive Performance currently has its regional headquarters in Bangalore and manufacturing and warehousing operations in Chennai, India. Chairman and CEO Craig Morrison said India is one of the parent company's fastest-growing regions.
The new center will start with 125 workers.
Canada's DMS adding sales office in Asia
OLDCASTLE, ONTARIO — Mold components supplier DMS North America is expanding to Asia, starting with a sales office and warehouse distribution.
DMS, based in Oldcastle, has located its sales for DMS Asia in Hong Kong, with distribution from Dongguan, China.
Dave Belleperche purchased the company in 2009 and said in a June 3 news release that the firm has steadily been increasing its offerings since then.
“We have been adding new products monthly since mid-2009, and now it's time to look at supplying these products outside of our current market territory,” he said.
DMS has standard and custom mold components and accessories and has operations in Ontario; Taunton, Mass.; Schaumburg, Ill.; and Fountain Valley, Calif.
Expanding Santa Fe honored by California
FONTANA, CALIF. — The California State Assembly and the California Small Business Association honored screw maker Santa Fe Machine Works Inc., which is expanding its market reach outside of the Golden State.
The Fontana firm employs 26, said Scott Kelly, chief financial officer.
“We're expanding our growth and we've been recognized for that,” said Kelly, whose great-grandfather founded Santa Fe Machine in Los Angeles in 1922 as a machine shop. Later generations moved the business into screw making, which accounts for about 75 percent of total sales today.
The firm has more than tripled its capacity to make screws from the level before the recession, he said. The Kellys invested in six pieces of machinery: a computer numerically controlled mill, two CNC lathes, a polisher, a grinder and a welding system. The company added a second shift and signed up sales representatives and distributors for the Midwest, East Coast and internationally.
“A recession is the best time to invest, because the competition generally does not. So when the rebound starts, we are poised to take market share and grow rapidly while the others will struggle to catch up,” Kelly said.