Closure Systems purchasing equipment
INDIANAPOLIS — Closure Systems International Inc. is investing $6.7 million in new equipment at its Kilgore, Texas, plant.
The injection molder is eliminating eight product profiles, but is adding two new, larger product profiles, according to a news release from Kilgore Economic Development Corp.
CSI's Kilgore plant makes lids and closures for foods and non-carbonated beverages like milk, juice and liquor. It has 207 employees and ships billions of pieces each year, according to the release.
The expansion will allow CSI to retain 16 jobs. KEDC granted CSI up to $265,000 in incentive reimbursements incrementally during the next two years for its job-retention plans.
“It's enabling us to maintain our workforce as it is,” said Jim Woodruff, plant manager, in the release. “Everything changes and, by bringing in new things, this helps us to not lose any people.”
CSI is a subsidiary of Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd., part of Auckland, New Zealand-based Rank Group Ltd.
Formerly a division of Alcoa Inc., CSI acquired the Kilgore plant in 2000 when it purchased Southern Plastics Inc.
Reynolds acquired CSI in 2008.
CSI, based in Indianapolis, has about 3,000 employees at 27 plants in the U.S. and worldwide. It is North America's 10th-largest injection molder, with annual sales of $480 million, according to a recent Plastics News ranking.
FDA revising BPA rules for baby bottles
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to exclude baby bottles and sippy cups from regulation that permit companies to use bisphenol A in food-contact applications.
The decision, announced July 17 in the Federal Register, was the result of an October 2011 petition from the American Chemistry Council, to clarify for consumers that BPA is no longer used in those products.
All major baby-bottle manufacturers that make products for the U.S. market agreed in 2009 not to make or sell baby bottles or sippy cups that contain BPA.
ACC's request also was aimed at bringing a halt to state and local legislative efforts to ban BPA.
“Consumers can be confident that these products do not contain BPA,” FDA spokesman Allen Curtis said in a statement.
“Although governments around the world continue to support the safety of BPA in food-contact materials, confusion about whether BPA is used in baby bottles and sippy cups had become an unnecessary distraction to consumers, legislators and state regulators,” said Steven Hentges, director of ACC's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.
“FDA action on this request now provides certainty that BPA is not used to make the baby bottles and sippy cups on store shelves, either today or in the future,” Hentges said in a news release.
National Pipe eyeing production move
VESTAL, N.Y. — National Pipe & Plastics Inc. is considering an expansion to move production from its headquarters plant in Vestal to nearby Endicott, N.Y., according to local news reports.
The company also has a facility in Colfax, N.C., and makes PVC pipe ranging from one-half inch to 24 inches in diameter.
The Press & Sun-Bulletin said National Pipe recently filed plans for a $15 million expansion of a vacant building it owns that had been occupied by Shop-Vac, which moved out in 2008.
The firm would put in a road, raise the roof to accommodate silos, and put in a storage space and a storm-water retention basin. National Pipe did not respond to requests for comment.
Some residents have voiced concerns about the new facility, which would need several permit approvals.
North American Composites expanding
LINO LAKES, MINN. — North American Composites is growing its presence in the Midwest by purchasing a 41,000-square-foot building in Mishawaka, Ind.
Lino Lakes-based NAC plans to add more truck docks, a tanker unloading station, a fiberglass-mat slitter and temperature-controlled storage rooms for vinyl ester resins and gel coats.
The improvements are expected to be completed by September. The purchase price for the building and cost of the additions were not disclosed.