Hurd consolidating Superseal in Wis.
MEDFORD, WIS. — Hurd Windows and Doors Inc. is consolidating production of its vinyl manufacturing unit Superseal Windows and Doors in Merrill, Wis., and turning the existing Superseal facility in New Jersey into a distribution space.
Hurd, based in Medford, bought residential vinyl window and door maker Superseal of South Plainfield, N.J., in January 2011. In July, Hurd announced it was opening a second plant in Merrill — within its existing manufacturing footprint there — to make Superseal products. Hurd also has glass and wood production lines in Merrill.
In a Jan. 4 news release, Hurd officials said the company will transition manufacturing to Wisconsin during January. Some casement windows already are being made in Merrill. The shift will provide a more central location for Superseal's brand as Hurd takes it to a wider national and international customer base, said President and CEO Dominic Truniger.
“The move makes a lot of sense as we can now utilize the existing Hurd transit lines in addition to taking advantage of newer high-tech equipment in the manufacturing process,” he said.
Hurd said it expects to employ 50 people at the Superseal plant in Wisconsin by mid-2012, and up to triple that number when it reaches full capacity.
Royal closing Indiana plant in March
WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO — Royal Building Products plans to close its Milford, Ind., plant in March.
The major extrusion firm, a subsidiary of Georgia Gulf Corp. of Atlanta, said it issued WARN notices on Dec. 13 to the approximate 70 employees in Milford. The site produces vinyl decking, fence and railing and was part of Georgia Gulf's acquisition of Royal Group Technologies in 2006.
Production of vinyl fence, many of the decking products like Brock Deck and Deck Lok, and rail products will be transferred to an undisclosed Royal Building operation.
“Unfortunately, the prolonged downturn in North American housing and home remodeling has significantly impacted sales and the profitability of these products,” Georgia Gulf spokesman Alan Chapple said in a prepared statement.
“Discontinuing a product line is always a difficult decision because of the resulting impacts on those employees, customers and the community,” Chapple added. “However, we have a duty to the 3,600 employees elsewhere in our organization, as well as our shareholders and business partners.”
A former Royal Building Products employee who wanted to remain anonymous said mass retailers are demanding ever-lower prices for building materials in a competitive market, which is hurting profit margins at profile extrusion companies.
Woodbridge-based Royal Building Products runs 17 plants, including the Milford one, in North America, according to Plastics News' 2011 pipe, profile and tubing survey.
Nubs, subsidiary relocating within Calif.
VISTA, CALIF. — In Southern California, injection molder Nubs Plastics Inc. is moving 132 miles to Vista from its Valencia headquarters and absorbing a subsidiary in San Marcos. “We hope to be up and running by the second week in January,” said President Shardul Ramolia.
Ramolia has run the 10,296-square-foot Valencia site as Nubs, while his father, Niyogi Ramolia, has operated the 11,000-square-foot San Marcos location as president of the separate Progressive Molding Inc. business unit. Nubs discontinued the Progressive identity Jan. 1.
Nubs is buying a 36,404-square-foot, 21-year-old building on 1.9 acres in Vista. The San Marcos site, which is only about three miles from Vista, did regional medical molding work. The operation employed 20, ran seven injection molding presses and had a full-service tool shop.