OCONOMOWOC, WIS. (Jan. 5, 12:45 p.m. ET) — Orbis Corp. is moving toward integrating its operations and service capabilities with those of Corbi Plastics.
On Dec. 22, Orbis of Oconomowoc, Wis., acquired remaining ownership of Corbi from a unit of former 50-50 joint venture partner Cartonplast Group GmbH of Dietzenbach, Germany. Terms were not disclosed.
Madison, Wis.-based Corbi employs 110 and uses three extrusion lines in manufacturing solid and plastic corrugated sheet packaging in an 82,000-square-foot DeForest, Wis., facility. Corbi operates 11 domestic service, cleaning and sorting centers through which it manages pools of plastic reusable pallets, top frames and divider sheets.
Orbis and Cartonplast formed the joint venture in 2005 with Cartonplast LLC changing its name to Corbi Plastics LLC. Now, Orbis has dropped Corbi's identification as a limited liability company
Orbis aims to expand its existing service capabilities relating to reusable packaging and, through Corbi, to broaden its product line and physical locations. A cross-company team is addressing integration issues. Meanwhile, Corbi continues to operate as a separate entity.
Menasha Corp. of Neenah, Wis., owns Orbis, which produces reusable plastic totes, pallets and dunnage and bulk systems through several business units.
Meanwhile on Dec. 16, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Corbi plastics sorting center in Fremont, Ohio, for three serious violations with total proposed penalties of $18,900 and three non-serious violations.
OSHA said Corbi used a front-end weighing system attachment on a forklift without prior written approval from the equipment manufacturer, failed to provide forklift operators with refresher training and handled loads that exceeded a forklift's rated capacity. OSHA, an agency of the Department of Labor, conducted the inspection in Fremont on Aug. 30.
Orbis declined to comment on the citations but noted, “Orbis' primary focus is on the safety of our employees at all times. We have behavior-based training programs in place to ensure our employees are aware of and practicing proper procedures.”