Fire levels Nicos Polymers plant in Pa.
ZANESVILLE, OHIO — An early-morning fire Aug. 2 has destroyed a 180,000-square-foot facility in Nazareth, Pa., operated by recycling firm Coll Materials LLC of Zanesville.
“There were 10 employees on the shift,” spokeswoman Renee Coll said in an Aug. 2 phone interview. “They tried to extinguish the fire but they couldn't get it out. Everybody is out, but the building is a total loss.”
There were no injuries. A cause had not been determined and firefighters were still on the scene Thursday morning.
The Nazareth plant houses Nicos Polymers Group, which Coll is in the process of buying. Coll Materials was renting the facility.
“Production is a first priority at this point,” Coll said. Officials are moving production to Allentown, Pa. Material and equipment should be fully transferred to that site within the next three weeks. Coll also has a new facility in Waco, Texas, and recently expanded its site in Zanesville.
The $5.5 million Waco site will be in full production by the end of the year, CEO Brian Coll said in a news release. “We already have the equipment bought and it is ready to be shipped.”
He said Waco will be similar in size to the Zanesville plant and will have two wash lines, three pellet extruders, four granulator lines, rail access and seven silos for material storage.
The Waco site produces different grades of high density polyethylene, polypropylene, ABS and other resins, and also makes post-consumer HDPE pellets.
Spears PVC pipe plant moves to Tenn.
PULASKI, TENN. — Spears Coastline Plastics LLC, which makes chlorinated PVC pipe and fittings, is moving a manufacturing operation from Ardmore, Ala., to Pulaski, bringing 25 jobs to the region, according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty joined Spears officials to make the announcement Aug. 1. The pipe maker expects to double employment, by adding another 25 jobs, within a five-year period.
Pipe extruder Spears Manufacturing Co. in 2008 bought the assets of Coastline Plastics LLC, renaming the business Spears Coastline Plastics. Spears Manufacturing maintains more than 1 million square feet of manufacturing and nine distribution centers across the U.S. The company is based in Sylmar, Calif.
Spears Coastline officials confirmed the manufacturing move but did not provide details. But in the news release announcing the move, President and CEO Wayne Spears said the plant will allow the firm to expand: “We were looking to grow our CPVC market share and needed a location that could be served by rail.”
Amcor Rigid to close former Ball plant
ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Amcor Rigid Plastics of Ann Arbor will shutter its plant in Cinnaminson, N.J., by the end of the year.
Amcor acquired the facility in 2010 when it bought Ball Corp.'s plastic packaging operations in the Americas. The 450,000-square-foot site is in Delran Township. Delran Mayor Ken Paris said the closing caught him and the township by surprise.
“We're going to reach out to try to keep them open,” Paris said Aug. 4 by phone. “For Delran and surrounding communities, the workforce is the heart of our town.”
The operation employs 180.
In a news release, Amcor officials said the site will close due to industry moves by major customers into self-manufacturing of blow molded beverage containers. Plans are in place to provide uninterrupted supply and service to customers in the Northeast.
Amcor Rigid is a unit of Amcor Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia.
Plastics Color buys Polysource, Pinnacle
CALUMET CITY, ILL. — Compounder and color concentrates supplier Plastics Color Corp. has acquired Tempe, Ariz.-based Polysource LLC and its Pinnacle Color subsidiary.
Polysource manufactures and distributes color and additives. The deal was announced Aug. 2.
Craig Degnaro, who launched Polysource in 1998, will remain as manager of a new PCC business unit, Plastics Distribution Corp.
PCC President Doug Borgsdorf said Polysource gives PCC “an established position” in North America's liquid-color market and “a new distribution channel” for existing and new products.
Calumet City-based PCC already makes liquid color in Nanjing, China. Polysource's distributor relationships give PCC greater presence in Mexico and Latin America, Degnaro added.