MGS launches Ireland injection molding
GERMANTOWN, WIS. — Molder and mold maker MGS Manufacturing Group Inc. has opened its first plant outside North America, a 45,000-square-foot facility in Leixlip, Ireland.
Called MGS Manufacturing Group Ltd., the plant is just west of Dublin, and eventually will have 24 electric injection presses from 100-350 tons of clamping force. Since June the operation has been making products for a range of customers, MGS announced in an Aug. 24 news release. It currently employs 20.
Germantown-based MGS does manufacturing at its headquarters and at plants in Chicago and Chihuahua, Mexico. It recently opened an engineering and sales office in Shenzhen, China.
In Ireland, MGS will focus on parts for the computer, electronics, health-care and consumer-products markets. The site eventually will house a Class 8 clean room for molding and assembly.
The Irish facility also will have an on-site tool shop to support production, do preventative maintenance and inspect incoming transfer molds. MGS also will offer a mold maintenance service to area original equipment manufacturers.
Bway sheds Plastican pail plant in Ga.
ATLANTA — Bway Corp. will shut down its Plastican 5-gallon pail factory in Macon, Ga., in 60-90 days.
Jeff O'Connell, the Atlanta-based firm's vice president, treasurer and secretary, confirmed the decision to shutter the plant, which employs 65.
The plant was one that Bway acquired last October when it purchased competitor Plastican Inc. of Leominster, Mass. Bway operates similar plants in Lithonia and Newnan, Ga.
“There was no need in the [southeastern U.S.] region to have that many plants so close to each other,” O'Connell said in a Sept. 1 telephone interview.
The Macon plant in 2010 was fined $52,000 for 11 worker-safety violations found during an April inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but O'Connell denied that the OSHA findings played a role in the decision to shut the facility.
“It was simply an issue of overcapacity,” he said. “Closing Macon made the most sense out of the three Georgia plants.”
Machinery from the plant will be distributed among other Bway manufacturing sites, he said.
The closure leaves Bway with 22 plants in the U.S. and Canada making plastic and metal pails, including Plastican plants in Leominster, Dallas and Phoenix.
ADS Ltd. buys Hungarian molder Deko
MILLINGTON, MICH. — Injection molding and decorating company ADS Ltd. is moving into Europe with its acquisition of Hungary's Deko-Plastic Kft.
Millington-based ADS — formerly Advanced Decorative Systems — already had production in Millington, Shanghai, and Chihuahua, Mexico. Deko in Sopron, Hungary, gives ADS a global reach for its customers in the automotive, medical and consumer products markets, the firm said in an Aug. 2 news release.
Deko, now called ADS Hungary, had been operated by Raiffeisen Bank International AG since 2009 when the Austrian bank bought the assets in an auction. Raiffeisen also provided financing for the transaction.
The Hungarian operation's 200 employees produce injection molded parts. ADS' acquisition retains those jobs, while the new owner plans to develop tooling capabilities further and bring in ADS' technology from elsewhere throughout the company.
N-K acquisition in Southeast adds sheet
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Injection molder N-K Manufacturing Technologies LLC is expanding into the Southeast and adding extruded sheet capabilities by buying the operational assets of a Kentucky company.
N-K, based in Grand Rapids, also is picking up new business in medical, appliance and construction markets with its acquisition of the assets of Caldwell Industries Inc.'s plant in Louisville.
“Our markets have primarily been automotive- and office furniture-related areas,” President Haig Kassouni said in a Sept. 1 news release. “This acquisition helps us balance our portfolio of customers and offer more capability across the board.”
N-K has multishot molding, insert molding, horizontal and vertical molding, along with in-mold decorating, in Grand Rapids. The acquisition brings it a 65,000-square-foot plant, 15 presses from 50-600 tons and three extrusion lines from 1.75-3.5 inches.