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Fortis Plastics Plans To Close Indiana Factory

November 4, 2011 5:33 am | News | Comments

A plastics company based in northern Indiana has told state officials it is on the verge of closing both its factory and corporate offices.

PepsiCo Swaps China Bottling Ops For Tingyi

November 4, 2011 5:00 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo said it will transfer its interests in its bottling operations in China for a 5 percent indirect stake in Tingyi's drinks subsidiary.

Companies Sued Over Biodegradable Bottles

October 27, 2011 5:32 am | by Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press | News | Comments

California attorney general's office sued three companies over allegations they misled consumers by marketing plastic water bottles as biodegradable.


Study: BPA In Pregnant Women Might Affect Kids

October 24, 2011 5:37 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Preschool-aged girls whose mothers had relatively high urine levels of BPA during pregnancy scored worse but still within a normal range on behavior measures.

Continental Tire Building $500M Plant In S.C.

October 7, 2011 5:42 am | by Jim Davenport, Associated Press | Boeing | News | Comments

Continental Tire said on Thursday that it will build a $500 million plant in Sumter County and bring 1,600 jobs to the area.

Kureha Opens $150M Plastics Plant In W.Va.

September 27, 2011 6:04 am | News | Comments

The plant will produce polyglycolic acid, or PGA. The biodegradable plastic is used to produce plastic soft bottles and containers.

Bridgestone Investing $1.2B In South Carolina

September 21, 2011 10:48 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Tire company is investing $1.2 billion total in three projects in Aiken County, S.C., creating more than 850 jobs by 2020.

Goodyear 2Q Earnings Up

July 28, 2011 4:56 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s second-quarter earnings surged 43 percent, helped by a 24 percent sales increase.


Goodyear Closes Tennessee Plant

July 11, 2011 4:26 am | News | Comments

Tire maker announced plans in February to close the plant by the end of the year, but was able to transfer production faster than expected.

Plastics Maker Expanding In Virginia

June 17, 2011 7:45 am | News | Comments

Plastics manufacturer Presto Products Co. is expanding its operations in Halifax County, creating 22 jobs over the next three years.

OSHA Cites Cooper Tire & Rubber

June 15, 2011 4:48 am | News | Comments

Federal government has cited Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and two contractors with 25 safety violations at the company's Tupelo, Miss. plant.

Goodyear Sells Tire Wire Business

June 10, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said that it has agreed to sell its tire reinforcement wire business to South Korea's Hyosung Corp. for $50 million.

Goodrich Closing Landing Gear Plant

June 8, 2011 8:06 am | News | Comments

Goodrich Corp. says it will close its aircraft landing gear plant in Cleveland by the end of next year, eliminating about 400 jobs.


Tire Maker Adding Over 400 Jobs In Illinois

May 12, 2011 9:32 am | News | Comments

Maker of Continental and General brand tires says its investment of $224 million into its southern Illinois plant will mean more than 440 new jobs.

BASF Posts $3.5B Profit

May 6, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

German chemical company BASF SE says it more than doubled first-quarter earnings thanks to increased demand for its chemicals and plastics.

Researchers Substitute Feathers For Petroleum

May 4, 2011 5:19 am | by Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers developed ways to substitute feathers for petroleum in some plastic products, and at least two companies are working to bring items to market.

Goodyear Posts Sales Record In 1Q

April 29, 2011 5:54 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear's focus on high-end products helped it set a company sales record for any quarter and reverse a loss from the first quarter of 2010.

Phoenix Packaging To Expand Operations

April 12, 2011 10:25 am | News | Comments

Phoenix Packaging Operations is planning to expand its plastic manufacturing operations, creating 100 jobs and investing $17.5 million for the project.

Union, Company Discussing Ways To Save Plant

April 11, 2011 10:19 am | News | Comments

Plastics workers union and Thomas & Betts Corp. are discussing ways to keep the plant open instead of moving its production of electrical outlet boxes to Tennessee.

Former Ford Plant To Distribute Plastic Nurdles

April 11, 2011 5:42 am | by Josh Brown | News | Comments

Where workers once assembled Ford pickups, they now will sort, package, and ship plastic pellets.

Fire At Plastics Factory In Czech Republic

April 8, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

Firefighters have evacuated hundreds of people from their homes in eastern Czech Republic because of the risk of toxic fumes from a huge fire at a plastics factory.

Williams Reaches Deal To Supply Nova Chemicals

March 28, 2011 10:38 am | News | Comments

Tulsa-based Williams said it will produce up to 17,000 barrels a day of ethane and ethylene for Nova Chemicals, which is Canada's biggest plastics producer.

Goodyear To Expand Capital Investments

March 22, 2011 10:00 am | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber plans to make plant investments over the next two years aimed at increasing production of more profitable high-end tires.

Continental Recalls Ford Truck Tires

March 18, 2011 10:37 am | News | Comments

Continental Tire says it will recall 390,000 truck tires, most of which are used as original tires on 2008-2009 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks.

BP Increases Capacity At China Plastics Site

February 17, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

BP PLC increasing production capacity for purified terephthalic acid, a raw material used to make textiles, bottles and film products, at its Zhuhai Chemical Co. site.

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