Thursday, April 10, 2003

Industry notes: Manufacturing

Aurora, Ind., coffin maker adds supplier

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Aurora Casket Co., in Aurora, Ind., has acquired Cortrim Hardwood Parts Co. in Bristol, Tenn.

Financial terms weren't disclosed, but Aurora said the acquisition bolsters its position in the hardwood casket segment.

Founded in 1916, Cortrim is a premier supplier of crafted hardwood caskets, casket parts and cremation urns, Aurora said. The company employs 50 at its 150,000-square-foot Bristol plant, which also supplies parts to the furniture industry.

Aurora said it plans no immediate changes in Cortrim's operations. The company joins Aurora's other businesses, including Clarksburg Casket Co. and Meierjohan-Wengler, a maker of cremation urns and other items.

Ampac acquires moneybag maker

Ampac, Springdale-based supplier of paper and plastic packaging, has acquired Innovation Packaging Corp., a Macedon, N.Y., maker of currency transfer and security bags.

Financial terms weren't disclosed, but Ampac, which produces security bags at its Springdale plant, said the acquisition would expand its presence in the market for disposable currency and security bags, which are replacing traditional canvas deposit bags used by banks and retailers.

Innovation, which is known as Innopac, has about 25 employees and revenues of $3 million. Ampac plans to continue operating the Macedon plant.

"The Innovation team brings us even broader experience in the security products market," said John Baumann, Ampac president and chief executive officer.

Mason outfit gets third China order

Kadant Black Clawson Inc., Mason supplier of paper recycling equipment, recently won a third order in China.

The unit of Kadant Inc. said all three orders total nearly $11 million.

The latest order from Zaozhuang Hua Run Paper Co. Ltd. in Zaozhuang City is for two stock preparation systems for new production lines that will double capacity at the plant northwest of Shanghai.

The equipment is slated for startup by the end of this year.

The company previously announced equipment orders from paper mills near Hong Kong and south of Shanghai.

Long-Stanton wins quick certification

Long-Stanton Manufacturing Co., a Hamilton metalworking company, has achieved international quality certification a year ahead of schedule, according to officials.

Daniel Cunningham, president of the 141-year-old company said receipt of the ISO 9001:2000 certification so quickly was a tribute to the company's employees. The company produces parts for a variety of original equipment suppliers.

Union America expands operations

Union America has opened in Forest Park to provide sales and service for Union Horizontal Boring Mills in North America.

Union, a German manufacturer of precision machine tools for more than 150 years, is located in Chemnitz, Germany. Union America is a division of United Precision Services in Sycamore Township, a provider of parts and service for horizontal boring mills.

Chemical safety topic: environmental justice

"Environmental Justice in Cincinnati'' will be the topic of the Alliance for Chemical Safety meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 3805 Edwards Road, Norwood, Suite 500 (Rookwood Tower office building).

The alliance is composed of industries, agencies and citizens interested in chemical safety. For more information, call Deb Leonard at 612-3074.


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