Texas molder Aonvoy Plastics closing
JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS — Texas injection molding company Aonvoy Plastics of Jacksonville will shut down, about a year after Aonvoy Industries Inc. bought the assets of Tally Ho Plastics Inc.
Aonvoy Industries CEO Raymond Grubbs told local media in Jacksonville that the group would close by March 31, saying the firm could not generate enough business to remain open. Grubbs did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Tally Ho was renamed Aonvoy Plastics, which currently has about 35 employees, down from 75 employees for Tally Ho in 2009.
Aonvoy Industries is based in Jacksonville.
Husky will shed Injectoplast operation
BOLTON, ONTARIO — Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. will sell Injectoplast, the beverage closures molding operation of Austrian closure mold maker KTW Group, to Alpla Holding GmbH.
Alpla Holding is part of Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG, the European rigid packaging maker based in Hard, Austria.
Bolton-based Husky bought KTW, of Waidhofen, Germany, in early 2011. At the time, Husky officials said they would carry out a strategic review of Injectoplast, also in Waidhofen, to avoid any potential conflict with Husky's closure-molding customers.
Husky expects the deal to close before the end of the first quarter.
Terms were not disclosed.
CertainTeed closing Mo. siding plant
VALLEY FORGE, PA. — CertainTeed Corp. announced that it plans to close its vinyl siding and vinyl accessory extrusion operation in Joplin, Mo., by March 30.
The Valley Forge-based company said that Mark Rayfield, president of CertainTeed's Siding Products Group, informed Joplin employees Jan. 24 that the plant will gradually wind down operations. The decision impacts about 90 employees.
“I want to thank all of the affected employees for their many years of dedication to our business. This closing is in no way a reflection of the quality and safety efforts of those individuals who have given their very best, day in and day out,” Rayfield said in a statement.
He said the decision was based on a combination of a continued slow housing market and a poor outlook for 2012, which has led to a decline in demand for siding products and industrywide overcapacity.
The company said that it would work with employees and local employment agencies to find opportunities for the workers at other CertainTeed facilities or other local businesses.
CertainTeed also operates vinyl siding facilities in Jackson, Mich.; Hagerstown, Md.; and Claremont, N.C.; as well as a molded polymer products facility in McPherson, Kan., and a cellular PVC trim plant in Social Circle, Ga.
The company, a subsidiary of Paris-based Cie. Saint-Gobain, has more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
Plasticraft Molds moves to larger site
GERMANTOWN, WIS. — Strong demand is leading mold maker Plasticraft Molds Inc. to move to a larger location in Richfield, Wis.
Plasticraft Molds currently occupies a 5,000-square-foot space in Germantown, but President and owner Eric Marlow said that the firm “is boxed in and needs more room.”
As a result, Plasticraft Molds will break ground on a 12,000-square-foot plant in Richfield, which is about five miles away. Marlow said by phone Jan. 25 that construction will begin by the end of the year and could start as soon as this summer. He estimated the cost of the project at about $1 million.
Plasticraft Molds should be operating out of the new building by early 2013. The move will allow the firm to add four to five jobs to its current workforce of nine, as well as allow it to install new equipment, including a high-speed machining center.
Plasticraft Molds supplies molds for various markets including medical and electronic housings. Marlow declined to provide a sales total, but he said the firm's sales were up 25-30 percent in 2011.
Plasticraft Molds has no connection to Plasticraft Corp., a rotational molder and blow molder based in Darien, Wis.