–Crown Cork & Seal (Philadelphia, PA) broke ground in Libertyville, IL, on its 112ꯠ sq’ expansion to Zeller Plastik, its plastic closures div.
–ExxonMobil Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) and Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (Tokyo, Japan) joined local officials and contractors to kick off construction of a production expansion for a metallocene ethylene elastomer products facility in Baton Rouge, LA.
–Krones AG (Neutraubling, Germany) joined with the Kosme Group (Sollenau, Austria) to strengthen its position in the bottling and packaging sectors worldwide.
–Cozzoli Machine Co. (Plainfield, NJ) broke ground on a new 100ꯠ sq’ facility in Somerset, NJ, to be completed at the end of 2002.
–Ring Can Corp. (Oakland, TN) changed its name to Ring Container Technologies to emphasize its exclusive focus on plastic container technology.
–DuPont (Wilmington, DE) installed a state-of-the-art blown film line for coextruded flexible packaging structures at the company’s European Technical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
–Arpac (Schiller Park, IL) acquired Infra Pak (Plano, TX).
–Pactiv Corp. (Lake Forest, IL) purchased Winkler Forming Inc. (Santa Fe Springs, CA) for $72.5 million.
–Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. (St. Louis, MO) acquired the majority of the assets and business of Mateer Burt (Exton, PA).