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1 Injured In Plastic Manufacturing Plant Explosion

September 25, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.Capt. John Gately of Mesquite Fire and Rescue says the person was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp. in Mesquite. The person's condition...

Apex Plastics Expands Manufacturing Facility To Accommodate Growth

September 22, 2014 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Extrusion plastics blow molder, Apex Plastics, announced the opening of its newly remodeled and expanded manufacturing facility at 570 S. Main Street in Brookfield, Missouri. The expansion includes 2,000 sq. ft. of additional office space and 2,500 sq. ft. of added warehouse and...

Vystar Board Approves Natural Rubber Latex Business Spinoff

September 12, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vystar® Corporation's Board of Directors has authorized management to pursue the spinoff of its Vytex® natural rubber latex business into a separate publicly-traded entity initially concentrating on the foam markets (mattresses, pillows, and mattress toppers), while the parent will continue to focus on...

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Stratasys Announces Thermoplastic 3D Printing Material Option

September 8, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced availability of a new thermoplastic material option for its FDM-based production 3D printers: ASA ( Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate). Stratasys ASA thermoplastic's UV resistance is ideal for manufacturers in...

Old Tires Find New Lives In Myanmar

July 9, 2014 10:47 am | by Aye Aye Win, Associated Press | News | Comments

Old truck tires are transformed into rubber washers and bushings for cars and rice mills. Machine parts, buckets and flip-flops — the most popular footwear in the rural areas — are among the biggest sellers for tire recyclers.          

Korean Tire Maker To Invest In Czech Plant

June 16, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

The Czech government says South Korean tire maker Nexen Tire will invest $1.1 billion in a new plant in the country.                       

Goodyear Scouting Sites For New Factory

June 2, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is starting to explore where to locate a new $500 million tire plant that it hopes to open within three years.                        

Goodyear Plans $500M American Tire Plant

May 29, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear says it will spend $500 million to build a new tire plant that will produce about 6 million tires a year for Goodyear's North American and Latin America customers.                 

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Bridgestone To Become Top Tier IOC Sponsor

May 28, 2014 9:23 am | News | Comments

Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone Corp. is reportedly set to become a top-tier sponsor of the International Olympic Committee in a 10-year deal that will cover the 2020 Tokyo Games.             

Plastic Products Company Investing $3.2M In S.C.

May 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Plastic Products Company Inc. (PPC), a manufacturer of plastics and injection molding, has announced its plan to invest $3.2M in a new facility in Seneca, S.C.                           

Plastics Firm Opening Alabama Production Plant

May 20, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Asahi Kasei Plastics North America intends to invest more than $30 million in the Athens plant, which will be its second U.S. production facility.               

Company Says 4 Dead In Vietnam Riots

May 20, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A Chinese company said Tuesday that four of its workers died last week in riots in Vietnam triggered by China's deployment of an oil rig in disputed seas.                            

SPI: Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban Could Kill Manufacturing Jobs

May 2, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

"[The ban] will result in forcing consumers to use products such as reusable bags, which are mostly imported from China, made from foreign oil and are not recyclable," said SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux.          

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EPA Helps Extinguish 5-Year-Old Fire

May 2, 2014 8:09 am | by Danica Coto, Associated Press | News | Comments

EPA officials said their part of the cleanup cost some $400,000, and that they are looking for the facility's owners to hold them responsible for the expense.                

Goodyear's Blimp Replacement Takes Flight

March 18, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp has made its first flight, cruising over part of northeast Ohio beneath bright blue skies.                   

Amsterdam Canal House Built With 3-D Printer

March 14, 2014 8:27 am | by Toby Sterling - Associated Press | News | Comments

The goal of the demonstration project launched this month is not so much to print a functioning house — in fact, parts of the house will likely be built and re-built several times over the course of three years as 3-D printing technology develops.

Recalled Tire Caused Fla. Van Crash

March 13, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in north Florida that involved the catastrophic failure of a tire that was part of a July 2012 recall.                     

3D Printing Your Next Dining Room Table

March 6, 2014 2:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company says it wants people to “make manufacturing local again,” and positions the device as a way for small businesses or product designers to develop full-scale prototypes in their own walls rather than outsource the work elsewhere.    

Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Drillers, business leaders and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking.

Lydall Acquires Industrial Filtration Business Of Andrew Industries Limited

February 21, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL), today announced that it has acquired the industrial filtration businesses of Andrew Industries Limited, an Altham, United Kingdom-based corporation, for $83 million in cash. The acquired business consists of operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, and approximately 500 employees.

Toray To Invest $1 Billion, Hire 500 In S.C.

February 18, 2014 1:52 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Toray Industries, Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer of fibers and textiles, plastic resins, films and carbon fiber compositematerials, has selected Spartanburg County, S.C. for its next global facility. The $1 billion investment over the next decade is expected to create 500 new jobs and represents one of the largest initial capital investments in South Carolina's history.

GI Joe, The World's First Action Figure, Turns 50

February 6, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Carola, Associated Press | News | Comments

The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well.

Continental Tire Holding Ceremony To Open S.C. Plant

January 28, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected on hand for a ceremony to officially open Continental Tire's new plant in Sumter. The company says Haley and company executives are planning to make remarks at an event scheduled for Tuesday.    

Plastics Machinery Shipments Rise Sharply In Q3

January 27, 2014 1:57 pm | by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association | News | Comments

Taking a closer look at the data, shipments of injection molding machinery were up 20 percent in the third quarter when compared with the same quarter of a year ago. Shipments of single-screw extruders advanced 9 percent, and shipments of twins-screw escalated 12 percent. Shipments of new thermoforming equipment spiked up 50 percent in Q3 when compared with last year

China, BP Venture Plans Columbia Chemical Plants

January 23, 2014 3:03 pm | News | Comments

A Chinese-backed venture that includes the British petroleum company BP proposes two plants along the lower Columbia River to distill methanol from natural gas for use in making plastics and rubber.Each plant would cost $1 billion and employ about 120 people, The Oregonian reported Wednesday.

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