Companies:Pro Mach, Inc. has acquired Allpax Products, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of sterilization, material handling and automated controls systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The acquisition will add retort and sterilization capabilities to Pro Mach's diverse portfolio of packaging equipment solutions.
Schneider Electric’s Industrial Automation Controls Group created an Applications Solutions Department to develop customized solutions that meet and exceed the requirements of equipment manufacturers and their customers.
To be sure, an alarming number of American manufacturing jobs have gone to plants in China and other offshore locations. Lots of people are wringing their hands over this and, in the case of politicians, trying to develop plans to counter it.
In the planning stage that led to our coverage of the Recession Survey, I learned about a specialist management consulting company that has developed some interesting measurements of packaging company performance.
BluePrint Automation B.V. (Woerden, the Netherlands), with U.S. operations headquartered in Colonial Heights, VA, held an open house at its Woerden facility as a way to introduce its latest innovations in end-of-line packaging automation.
Glenroy, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI) collected two gold awards and one bronze award from the Flexographic Technical Assn. The Westpack 2001 Packaging Person of the Year was James Murphy (Lomita, CA) from Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., DI-NA-CAL Label Group.
Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, named NorthStar Print Group (Watertown, WI) Supplier of the Year for 2000. John Bowlin, president/CEO of Miller, presents the award to DickGasper, NorthStar president/CEO.
Packaging Concepts + Design (Madison Heights, MI) was recognized by Johnson Controls Corp. for its outstanding performance in 1999 and was awarded the North American Supplier Leadership bronze award.Sertapak Group (Woodstock, Ontario, Canada) received ISTA Certification for its testing laboratory facility.Industry Week magazine has named Multisorb (West Seneca, NY) as one of the IW Growing Companies 25: Americas Most Successful Small Manufacturers for 1999.
ISO 9001 certification: Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL), for its Schaumburg, IL, Atlanta-East, Mishawaka, IN, and Milpitas, CA, flexible and corrugated plants; QPF LLC (Streamwood, IL); International Paper (Purchase, NY), for its Fond du Lac, WI, container plant; Collamat Stralfors AG (Basel, Switzerland); Fanuc Robotics North America, Inc.
Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) will discontinue operations at its Dallas-North corrugated container plant. Operations will be consolidated with the co.'s Dallas-South, Grand Prairie and Fort Worth operations.
In order to reflect its position as a joint venture equally owned by Chicago-based Smurfit-Stone and Dublin, Ireland-based Jefferson Smufit Group plc, MacMillan Bathurst (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has changed its name to Smurfit-MBI.
Jefferson Smurfit Corp. (Dublin, Ireland) and Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) have signed a definitive merger agreement to create one of the world's largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging products.