EPC acquires Oneida plant in N.C.
GRINNELL, IOWA — Engineered Plastic Components Inc. is continuing its growth through an acquisition strategy, buying the Siler City, N.C., assets of Oneida Molded Plastics LLC to boost EPC's capacity in the Southeast.
Grinnell-based EPC did not disclose a purchase price for the Oneida asset acquisition, which was completed April 9.
EPC said in a news release that it expects to expand the newly acquired operations.
EPC now operates 15 facilities in North America with injection and blow molding in addition to cast-skin, foam-in-place for padded automotive interior trim.
The Oneida facility provides an important location for business in the commercial-truck market in addition to its geography, said owner and CEO Reza Kargarzadeh. EPC has already signed a long-term contract with Oneida's largest customer, and expects to build on that base.
Oneida Molded Plastics' headquarters and main plant are in Oneida, N.Y.
Kneiss becomes waste association's CEO
WASHINGTON — One of the highest profile positions in the waste and recycling business is going to Sharon Kneiss, the former vice president of the products division of the American Chemistry Council.
Washington-based Environmental Industry Associations announced April 12 that Kneiss will succeed its longtime CEO Bruce Parker.
EIA represents the private-sector solid waste and recycling industry through its two sub-associations, the National Solid Wastes Management Association and the Waste Equipment Technology Association, also known as Wastec.
Kneiss has more than 25 years' experience in association and private-industry management, policy and advocacy, EIA said.
In addition to ACC, she also served as vice president of regulatory affairs for the American Forest and Paper Association. Most recently, she had her own consulting firm.
Parker is ending a three-decade career at EIA, where he started as general counsel in 1981 and rose to CEO in 1996.
McNeely loses Miss. warehouse in fire
CLINTON, MISS. — A McNeely Plastics Products Inc. warehouse was destroyed in a fire April 9.
The 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Laurel, Miss., served as a distribution center for wax-coated cardboard chicken boxes, according to a news release from the Jones County Fire Council.
President Greg McNeely said April 13 that the warehouse is a remote one and the fire will not affect production.
At about 8:45 a.m., area firefighters arrived on scene to find the warehouse engulfed in flames. They spent more than four hours dousing the fire, the news release said. Several firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but officials said it might have started when a forklift caught on fire. The forklift's propane cylinder then discharged or exploded, causing the fire to spread and ignite nearby pallets and plastic wrapping materials, according to the release.
Clinton-based McNeely, which makes film, laminations and bags, is a subsidiary of Sigma Plastics Group of Lyndhurst, N.J.
Rubbermaid fatality under investigation
WINCHESTER, VA. — An accident at the Rubbermaid manufacturing plant in Winchester on April 9 is under investigation after it resulted in the death of an employee.
Company spokeswoman Jennifer Schneider said Jack Taylor, a seven-year employee of the plant, died as the result of an accident involving a forklift, according to a story in the Northern Virginia Daily in Strasburg, Va. No additional information was released due to the pending investigation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
NVD said the company issued a statement saying: “We are proud of our safety record here at the Winchester facility and we are conducting a full investigation to find out exactly what happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack and his family, co-workers and colleagues — he will be greatly missed.”
The plant was shut down April 10 and counselors have been made available to employees. The plant is part of Newell Rubbermaid Inc.'s Rubbermaid Commercial Products business unit.
Newell Rubbermaid is headquartered in Atlanta.