Ring Container adding employees, lines
OAKLAND, TENN. — Blow molder Ring Container Technologies Corp. is investing $7.89 million in its Chester, S.C., plant, including new injection molding and blow molding lines.
The company also plans to add 18 employees, it said in a news release.
Equipment purchases include a Husky preform injection press, and Sidel and Nissei blow molding machines.
The equipment will make containers for dressings, sauces, oil and salty snacks.
Oakland-based Ring makes PET bottles for ConAgra Foods, Del Monte, Unilever and Utz.
Ring also operates high-output wheel blow molding machines from Graham Engineering Corp. in York, Pa.
In addition to the Chester facility and corporate headquarters, Ring has 17 locations in the United States including two in Arkansas, two in Georgia, three in Illinois and two in California. The company also operates international facilities in Alberta, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Ring ranked 15th in Plastics News' most recent survey of North American blow molders, with estimated sales of $260 million.
Kl"ckner breaks ground on China plant
MONTABAUR, GERMANY — German packaging film manufacturer Kl"ckner Pentaplast Group is building its first Chinese production plant, a 185 million yuan ($29.5 million) investment that will focus initially on transverse-direction oriented shrink label films.
The 130,000-square-foot facility in Suzhou is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2013 and produce films for the domestic Chinese market, including its Pentalabel-brand shrink films, the Montabaur-based company said in a Feb. 7 statement.
The plant will employ 100 and add 13 million pounds to Kl"ckner's global annual capacity, the company said.
“We are excited to expand our presence in China with a broad film portfolio utilizing the most advanced production technology,” said CEO Christian Holtmann, in a statement.
The factory will include a research and development lab, the company said.
Kl"ckner has $1.4 billion in annual sales, with 17 factories in 11 countries. It claims to be the only company with shrink-label manufacturing in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Canusa Hershman buys First State assets
BRANFORD, CONN. — Canusa Hershman Recycling Co. has acquired a building, equipment and other assets of First State Plastics Inc. in New Castle, Del.
Canusa Hershman recently purchased a 98,000-square-foot facility that houses post-industrial plastic grinding operations, a warehouse and office space, as well as processing equipment and trucks.
The Branford-based company will use its new acquisitions to expand its plastics division in the mid-Atlantic region and double its post-industrial recycling capacity, said Bruce Spaziani, managing director of the plastics division, in a Feb. 9 phone interview.
Spaziani would not disclose details of the acquisition, but said the company plans to retain the about 35 workers employed at the First State plant.
Canusa Hershman currently operates a processing plant in St. Albans, Vt.
The company ranked No. 68 in Plastics News' latest survey of North American plastics recyclers and brokers.
Tempco founder Adames dies at age 67
WOOD DALE, ILL. — Fermin G. Adames, president and founder of auxiliary equipment maker Tempco Electric Heater Corp., died Jan. 29 at the age of 67.
Adames founded Tempco in 1972 with three employees in a 1,500-square-foot facility. The Wood Dale-based company, which produces a variety of electric heating elements and thermal components, now employs about 360 people in two plants and multiple distribution centers.
Adames was named an Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989 by Ernst & Young (then Arthur Young & Co.).
He is survived by his wife, Janell Adames, five children — Fermin A. Adames, Maquis Adames, Jennifer Adames-Smith, Leonardo Adames and Kyle Adames.