Shapes supplier adds warehouse space
LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — E&T Plastics Manufacturing Co. Inc. recently added 3,600 square feet of warehouse space at its Blaine, Minn., operation.
The company, based in Long Island, supplies plastic sheet, rod, tube and film nationally. It opened a sales and distribution center in Blaine in April 2006 to serve Minnesota, North and South Dakota, western Wisconsin, Iowa and nearby Canada.
“We experienced considerable growth here in five short years and basically outgrew the facility,” said Tom Tuckey, Minnesota branch manager, in a news release.
The company has become more versatile in Minnesota and helps support the region's large print industry, he said. E&T now has 10 sales and warehouse employees at the now-18,000-square-foot facility.
Tuckey said the added space allows E&T to stock more material and deliver its most popular products more quickly.
The Minnesota facility has a Schelling computerized saw to offer custom cutting. It can cut single, oversized sheets or thousands of 3/8 squares and is used mainly for large-production cutting. The site also has a vertical saw for smaller, quick-turnaround jobs.
E&T has eight locations in the U.S. and a multimillion-dollar inventory.
Design Molded buys space for new work
MACEDONIA, OHIO — Custom injection molder Design Molded Plastics of Macedonia has purchased an adjacent building to help accommodate business being repatriated from China.
“We are being presented with projects that customers are sourcing back to the U.S. from China,” co-owner and President Jay Honsaker said in a December news release. The new facility will serve existing and potential customers.
Design Molded bought a 48,000-square-foot facility that will help it expand in research and development, provide additional space for light assembly and storage, and house engineering activities. The extra space builds on the firm's original 62,000-square-foot headquarters.
Honsaker said the new space will create an undisclosed number of jobs.
Design Molded, which was established in 1985, supplies products to medical, automotive, protective equipment, home appli- ance and electronic markets. It also has an off-site, 55,000-square-foot warehouse and a toolroom.
According to the company's website, Design Molded has about 120 employees and 28 injection molding machines. Secondary operations include six-axis machining, ultrasonic welding and decorating.
Company officials were unavailable to provide more details on the expansion.
Mich. auto supplier expands in S. Korea
TROY, MICH. — Auto supplier Inteva Products LLC is expanding in South Korea with a new 295,000-square-foot operation for its joint venture combining injection molding and assembly.
The Inteva KDS operation will produce door latches, strikers, handles and power folding mirror actuators, and will have space for future roof modules, Troy-based Inteva said in a Dec. 20 news release.
The plant in Gyeongbuk, South Korea, replaces a previous Inteva KDS operation that was on the campus of Inteva's joint venture partner, SL Corp. of Gyeongbuk.
Inteva KDS employs 400 making parts for General Motors, Ssangyong Motor, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Peugeot.
Tupperware India enters water filters
GURGAON, INDIA — Tupperware India Pvt. Ltd. is planning to widen its kitchenware portfolio in the Indian market with a series of new-product launches.
The company is opening up a new segment for itself to feed the growing Indian housewares market.
“We are planning to foray into water-filtration production from the third quarter of 2012,” said Asha Gupta, managing director of Gurgaon-based Tupperware India. Tupperware declined to comment on the price range and production volume of the water filters.
The company has a production facility in Dehradun, India, and also performs contract manufacturing at Hyderabad and Bangalore. Tupperware India currently has no plans to set up additional facilities, though it is hiking capacity at its existing plant, Gupta said.
“We are ramping up capacity at our Dehradun unit and with that we have enough capacity, along with our [widespread] contract manufacturers to cater the growing demand [for] Tupperware,” she said.
She would not provide volume figures.
Tupperware operates through a network of direct-selling agents spread over the country. Tupperware India has a presence in 60 cities, with more than 100 products. The company recently launched its Ultimo range of kitchenware in the Indian market.
— Paragon Films Inc. of Broken Arrow, Okla., has signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement for Shelbyville, Tenn.-based Manuli Stretch USA Inc.'s U.S. patent No. 6,265,055, which covers a stretch film having seven or more layers.