Wisconsin Plastics upgrading capacity
GREEN BAY, WIS. — Wisconsin Plastics Inc. plans to spend about $1 million to expand and modernize custom injection molding capacity at its Green Bay plant.
The private company will buy four hybrid Negri Bossi injection presses and robots over the next year, said President Jim Christensen in a telephone interview.
“It's new technology to replace older equipment and increase capacity,” said Christensen. The presses will have clamping forces of 135-600 tons and were chosen for their high-speed, high-tolerance repeatability. Overall, the firm's press tonnage range is 55-1,000 tons.
The Green Bay company comprises several divisions, including one for design and development, and a metalworking unit. The five plastics businesses employ 225 and occupy nearly 160,000 square feet, including warehousing and distribution.
“We focus on OEMs, furniture, medical and lawn and garden,” Christensen said. The Christensen family owns Wisconsin Plastics. Its origin was as a metalworking house in 1972 that diversified into plastics 10 years later.
Bag ban passes, coalition threatens suit
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. — San Luis Obispo County has joined the growing list of California communities to ban plastic carryout bags, but the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition has already told the county it will file suit within 30 days to have the ban overturned.
The county's Integrated Waste Management Authority approved the ban in an 8-5 vote Jan. 12. The ban is scheduled to go into effect in October, and includes a 10-cent fee on all paper bags handed out at checkout.
More than 50 communities across the U.S. have banned plastic bags, and another three have taxes ranging from 5-10 cents on plastic bags. In addition, more than two dozen cities, counties and states have proposals pending to ban plastic bags.
Ravago buys materials firm Amco Plastic
ORLANDO, FLA. — Resin distribution giant Ravago Manufacturing Americas LLC has expanded its presence by acquiring distributor and compounder Amco Plastic Materials Inc. of Farmingdale, N.Y.
No purchase price was disclosed. Amco represents more than a dozen resin suppliers and has annual sales of about $150 million. The firm has added at least three sales representatives in the last year and now has more than 90 employees.
Amco also operates 14 compounding lines at an 80,000-square-foot plant in Farmingdale. Its specialties include compounds for anti-counterfeiting and anti-microbial uses.
Gary Metzger, Amco co-owner and president, will remain with the 57-year-old firm, which will operate under the name Amco Distribution, as a division of Ravago Holdings America Inc.
“Amco … will remain as a unique and separate channel to market for distribution,” RHA President Jim Duffy said in a recent news release.
For Orlando-based Ravago Manufacturing Americas, it's the firm's first deal since it acquired resin distributor Performance Polymers Inc. of Leominster, Mass., in 2009. Ravago Manufacturing Americas is a unit of Ravago Group, a distribution, compounding and recycling conglomerate based in Brussels.
Ravago Group also owns H. Muehlstein & Co. Inc., a leading North American resin distributor based in Norwalk, Conn.
Sunlite gets new owner: K&H Industries
ANGOLA, N.Y. — K&H Industries Inc. has purchased Pennsylvania's Sunlite Safety Products LLC and its emergency portable light, and is bringing production of the light to the U.S. from China.
K&H, an Angola-based molder and maker of emergency products including portable lights and electric extension lines, will bring molds and stamping parts for the Sunlite product to its manufacturing base in Hamburg, N.Y., the company said in a Dec. 12 news release. The firms did not disclose a purchase price.
The light will be marketed as the HazLoc Lantern, a name change from Carbondale, Pa.-based Sunlite's Rechargeable LED Hazardous Location Lantern.
The light is used in underground utility maintenance, gas and pipeline inspection and maintenance at refineries, oil rigs and off-shore drilling sites. It uses ABS for the body and polycarbonate for the lens.