Cutlery maker Jet Plastica shutting down
HATFIELD, PA. — Plastic cutlery and straws producer Jet Plastica Industries Inc. of Hatfield plans to close by June 30, according to an April 5 report.
Jet Plastica's second plant is in Fowler, Calif. Fowler City Manager David Elias was told Jet planned to close both of its facilities, according to a report by in The Fresno Bee daily newspaper. Elias was quoted as saying talks about a pending sale of the company broke down.
Jet officials could not be reached for comment April 6 because the company was closed for a holiday. Elias did not respond to requests for information or an interview though his office was open, a Fowler city switchboard operator said.
The newspaper report said the Fowler operation employs more than 100 and makes plastic straws. Jet's website said other products the firm makes include cutlery, stirrers and dining kits.
Plastics News has estimated Jet's total sales were about $130 million last year, of which about $88 million was for injection molding. It mainly uses polystyrene and polypropylene.
China's Useon plans Ohio assembly site
ORLANDO, FLA. — Nanjing Useon Extrusion Machinery Co. Ltd. is planning to start a production site in Akron, Ohio, to assemble extrusion equipment.
The Chinese firm is “finalizing the plan” with its joint venture partner International Foam Consulting LLC, founded by William Buchanan in 2005. Useon and IFC formed the venture in the second half of 2010 to market and distribute Useon machines.
“We plan to source electrical parts in the U.S., bring mechanical parts from China and assemble the final products here,” said Ma Ning, Useon general manager. He added that the scale of production will depend on how the market responds.
Ma said the company also is mulling new production in India. Useon supplies foam machinery to Owen Corning's factories in India and China. Useon's annual sales are around 60 million yuan (US$9.5 million) and 70 percent of that comes from export.
“China's domestic market competes on price, which makes the margin very thin,” Ma said.
SPE unit recognizes Novak, Arnold-Feret
ORLANDO, FLA. — The Society of Plastics Engineers' Mold Making and Mold Design Division is honoring a pair of mold makers with credentials in education along with engineering capabilities.
Robert Novak was named Mold Maker of the Year during NPE2012 and Antec 2012 in Orlando, while Barbara Arnold-Feret was named Mold Designer of the Year.
Novak is the mold-making and mold-design program chairman at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wis., and a veteran mold maker. He has provided extensive guidance to students and apprentices in the Milwaukee area.
SPE will present a $500 honorarium in his name to the school of his choice. DME Corp. provides the grant to honor the Mold Maker of the Year.
Arnold-Feret of suburban Fort Worth, Texas, has worked extensively in design and manufacturing for rotational molding as well as production in other processes, starting with her father's firm and continuing from there to multiple companies. She is a consultant with Parts Ltd. From 2006-11, she was general manager of Enviro Plastics Inc. of Fort Worth. She has also worked extensively with various educational organizations in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. She is the first person to receive the design award whose career was not focused on injection molding.
The $500 honorarium in Arnold-Feret's name was provided by Progressive Components International Corp.
Zip Zester wins People's Choice Award
ORLANDO, FLA. — A multicompany collaboration cooked up a People's Choice win for the Zip Zester in the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s International Plastics Design competition.
The Zip Zester, created for Zip Zester LLC of Bellevue, Wash., was made for professional chefs who use zest from citrus fruits. It was one of 32 products submitted for SPI's design competition.
The People's Choice award winner was selected by on-site votes at NPE2012 and through online voting.
Cashmere Molding Inc. of Woodinville, Wash., injection molds seven different parts for the Zip Zester, using Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. equipment, materials from EMS Grivory and a mold produced by Questech Unlimited of Hartford, Wash.