Bemis Manufacturing adds 3,000-ton press
SHEYBOGAN FALLS, WIS. — Bemis Manufacturing Co. of Sheboygan Falls has added a Milacron injection press with 3,000 tons of clamping force at its factory in Lenoir, N.C.
The Maxima MG 3000 was delivered in late 2011, said Rick Martin, manager of Southeast market and business development for Bemis Custom Plastics, the company's advanced technology group.
The injection molding machine uses 10-20 percent less floor space than comparable models, according to Martin, giving Bemis room to add more presses when needed.
With the big Milacron press, Bemis can mold large custom parts for business and industrial markets including automotive, housewares, appliances, storage and transport containment, furniture and construction.
“The Maxima MG 3000 gives us the ability to produce parts to our exact production requirements,” Martin said.
Growing Intertech purchases machine
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Intertech Corp. recently added a Graham shuttle blow molding machine to meet growing demand for custom bottles and containers.
Greensboro-based Intertech also makes specialty products, such as Funballs, Giggleplay Gazebo ball pools and Hygenie Ball Washing Systems.
“We added new equipment to cover growth in business and for future growth,” said Jim Sitton, Intertech senior vice president. “We just expanded in this facility and that expansion included additional square footage in the plant.”
The recent growth, according to Sitton, is completely on the blow molding side of the business, which is seeing increased demand for custom plastic containers and bottles. Intertech's customer base is growing and the firm has acquired new business consistently, he said.
The machine was delivered with a complete production system and complete mold interchangeability.
In addition to injection and extrusion blow molding, the facility decorates plastic containers through silk screening, pressure-sensitive labeling or custom sleeving. It also operates a warehouse with a computerized inventory-control system and handles shipping for national brand customers.
The facility employs about 85 and occupies 120,000 square feet of space. In 2006, the company added 50,000 square feet to the warehouse to accommodate growth.
Sitton said the company, which was established in 1974, is optimistic about its future.
“Our market share is increasing and we anticipate growth at this rate,” he said.
Hoosier Molded hires MacKeller Associates
SOUTH BEND, IND. — Automotive supplier Hoosier Molded Products Inc. has signed MacKeller Associates Inc. to represent the South Bend-based company for custom injection molding products.
MacKellar, based in Rochester Hills, Mich., will represent Hoosier for both auto and non-auto operations.
Hoosier produces a variety of interior trim parts, grab handles, cup holders and functional molded parts.
PolyOne site gets innovation center
AVON LAKE, OHIO — Compounding leader PolyOne Corp. has opened an expanded innovation center at its site in Suwanee, Ga.
The expansion includes new testing equipment for cast film, blown film and thermoforming, as well as new twin-screw extrusion capacity, officials with Avon Lake-based PolyOne said in a March 1 news release.
The expansion and new equipment strengthen PolyOne's ability to work with customers to improve products and reduce product-development time, the company said.
A cost estimate for the expansion was unavailable.
PolyOne had sales of $2.9 billion in 2011 and ranks as North America's largest compounder and concentrates maker.