Pliant site in NY getting $8.7M upgrade
EVANSVILLE, IND. — Berry Plastics Group Inc. is investing nearly $8.7 million to add three blown film lines to a Pliant LLC facility in Macedon, N.Y., according to Empire State Development, New York's chief economic development agency.
ESD said it provided grants totaling $190,000 to help the company with building renovations, utility upgrades and the relocation of a blown film line from Canada, and two blown film extrusion lines from Massachusetts.
Berry, which is taking steps to file an initial public offering, would not comment on the expansion.
ESD said total cost of the project is about $8.7 million, and it will create 62 jobs. Berry, based in Evansville, bought Pliant after the company emerged from Chapter 11 reorganization in December 2009. At that time, Pliant had 18 plants and 2,900 employees.
Myers buys Brazilian injection molder
AKRON, OHIO — Myers Industries Inc. is expanding its materials-handling unit with the acquisition of Brazil's Plásticos Novel SA.
Novel injection molds reusable plastic crates and totes for closed-loop shipping and storage in the food and agriculture industries, with plants in northeastern and southern Brazil, Myers said in a June 29 news release.
The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, is expected to close in July, Akron-based Myers noted.
The company will become part of Myers' materials-handling business, which also includes the Buckhorn and Akro-Mils lines of products. Novel will join another Myers business in Brazil, Myers do Brasil, which makes bulk containers in São Paulo.
Novel will add production for Myers in northeast Brazil, in Lauro de Freitas, and in the south in Ibiporã. It has strong ties with regional companies and complements Myers' geographic growth strategy, said CEO John Orr.
In addition to its materials-handling products, Novel also produces a range of industrial safety items.
Watlow moves to larger Mexico facility
ST. LOUIS — Thermal products maker Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co. has expanded its manufacturing capacity in Mexico by moving to a new facility near Querétaro International Airport and the Pan-American Highway.
Watlow makes industrial heaters, temperature sensors and controllers for plastics and other industries.
The new 37,000-square-foot building is three times larger than the former facility, also in Querétaro, a company spokesman said. It has better access to trucks and air freight. It also has a higher roof, so Watlow can make larger products.
“Our customers can be assured that this move will help improve our processes and ultimately allow them to receive the products they need, on time,” said Roberto Rodriguez, Watlow operations manager.
St. Louis-based Watlow employs about 80 in Querétaro.
Worldwide, Watlow employs 2,000 at nine manufacturing facilities and three technology centers in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia.
PolyOne plans ColorMatrix site in Africa
AVON LAKE, OHIO — PolyOne Corp. is expanding into Africa through its ColorMatrix unit.
Avon Lake-based PolyOne will open a sales office and color lab in Cape Town, South Africa, in August. The lab will be used for rapid color development. The site also will provide technical support to customers, as well as serving as a stocking and distribution site for some PolyOne products.
In a June 25 news release, officials said the immediate focus of the new location will be to support customers that manufacture products such as PET containers for beverage and personal-care markets.
Chief Operating Officer Robert Patterson added that the site initially will focus on ColorMatrix products, but it also will provide “an excellent foothold to leverage other PolyOne businesses throughout the region in the future.”
Products stored or tested in Cape Town are likely to be imported from PolyOne plants in the United Kingdom or the Netherlands.
PolyOne paid almost $500 million for ColorMatrix Group Inc., late last year. ColorMatrix previously had a franchisee in Johannesburg, but PolyOne had never had a facility on the continent.