Inergy builds new Mich. fuel-tank plant
HURON TOWNSHIP, MICH. — Fuel-tank blow molder Inergy Automotive Systems recently broke ground on a new plant in Huron Township, which will replace an existing plant in Milan, Mich.
The new plant, near New Boston, will employ 240, according to a news release from the township.
Inergy bought the Milan plant from Ford Motor Co. on June 1, but said at the time that it would be replaced over the next three years by a new plant in Michigan.
Inergy, a unit of Cie. Plastic Omnium SA in the Paris suburb of Levallois, said it picked the location in part because of assistance from the Local Development Finance Authority of Huron Township.
The company plans to open the plant in spring 2012. Inergy also has facilities in Adrian, Mich.; Anderson, S.C.; and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.
Plastipak expands Clean Tech recycling
PLYMOUTH, MICH. — Bottle blow molder Plastipak Packaging Inc. launched a major expansion July 28 at its Clean Tech plastic recycling facility in Dundee, Mich.
The expansion makes room for additional advanced plastics recycling processing technology and increases the availability of recycled PET for Plastipak's consumer product industry customers, the company said. The Clean Tech site opened in 1988.
Plymouth-based Plastipak, which expects to recycle about 5 billion plastic bottles this year, said the expansion supports its goal to recycle 10 billion plastic bottles annually within five years.
IAC creating 200 jobs for Chrysler work
SOUTHFIELD, MICH. — International Automotive Components Group will begin hiring 200 people for a new plant in Belvidere, Ill., this summer to supply parts to Chrysler Group LLC's assembly plant there.
The 172,000-square-foot plant will not involve molding, but will do final assembly and sequence just-in-time delivery of parts from other IAC facilities for Chrysler products, said David Ladd, spokesman for the Southfield-based auto supplier.
Chrysler of Auburn Hills, Mich., has not announced what it will manufacture in Belvidere, but new product assembly is slated to begin there in January.
Carlisle plans insulation site in Northwest
CARLISLE, PA. — Carlisle Construction Materials will build a polyisocyanurate insulation plant in Frederickson, Wash., 45 miles south of Seattle.
The plant will be Carlisle-based CCM's seventh polyisocyanurate plant, joining locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Texas and Utah. The company announced the project July 22.
Nick Shears, vice president of sales and marketing, said CCM is the largest U.S. producer of polyiso insulation, and the closest competitor is 600 miles away.
“CCM will offer the market's fastest and most reliable access to polyiso, a real benefit in a product that needs to be delivered on a [just-in-time] basis to job sites,” Shears said in a news release.
Carlisle Construction Materials is part of Charlotte, N.C.-based Carlisle Cos. Inc.
Prototyper R3 to open Indiana facility
MUSCATINE, IOWA — Prototyper R3 Composites Corp. of Muscatine is expanding operations with a new plant in Grabill, Ind.
The announcement came from Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance officials, who said the operation will be a total investment of $4.5 million and 400 jobs.
The plant will be dedicated to making proprietary and custom compression molded products, R3 CEO Roy Carver said in a news release.
The firm did not return a call seeking comment.
R3 Composites specializes in engineering custom molds and in the conversion of existing metal and plastics
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development's incentive package was valued at more than $2.8 million, including tax abatements.