Thursday, May 15, 2003

Industry notes: Manufacturing


Mentos, long on a roll, to add a box

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Mentos, the chewy mint, is flipping its lid.

Perfetti Van Melle USA Inc., based in Florence, announced this week it will introduce Mentos in a flip-top box. The new box, with a suggested retail of $1.09, will contain 70 percent more candy, the company said. It will be available in mint, mixed fruit, cinnamon and strawberry this summer.

The company said the box, its first change since introducing Mentos in paper rolls in the early 1960s, offers consumers more convenience and portability.

The company said it would still sell Mentos rolls in multipacks. The company also introduced a new gum product, NewCharge, at the National Confectioners Association expo in Chicago.

Ryerson Tull marks 80 years in Cincinnati

Ryerson Tull Inc., the national steel distributor, recently marked the 80th anniversary of its Cincinnati service center with an open house on Spring Grove Avenue in Camp Washington.

Opened in 1923, with the purchase of Cincinnati Iron and Steel Co., the Cincinnati outlet was the sixth service center operated by Chicago-based Ryerson, which has sales last year of $2.1 billion.

Machine tool orders down from '02

March orders for machines that cut and form metal were $154.2 million, down 14 percent from the $178.5 million reported a year ago, two industry trade groups said.

The March total, compiled from participating machine tool manufacturers and distributors, was up 41 percent from February's $109.5 million, according to the AMT - Association for Manufacturing Technology, and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association.

Orders for the year total $394.9 million, down 26 percent from the first quarter of last year, the trade groups said.

Heat processing efficiency talk

A national expert on efficient processing heat equipment will speak at TechSolve in Bond Hill on Monday.

Dr. Arvind Thekdi, who has more than two dozen patents on heat processing equipment and has authored more than 50 technical papers, will lead a daylong energy efficiency course at 8:30 a.m.

For information contact Rene Wall, 513-948-2076 or email: rwall @techsolve.org.

Subaru honors AK Steel's quality

AK Steel has earned the President's Quality Award from Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) Inc., the automaker's highest quality award for the sixth time.

SIA officers presented the award at a ceremony in Lafayette, Ind. AK Steel supplies cold-rolled and coated steels for the Subaru Outback, Baja and Legacy models built by SIA in Lafayette.

Hospitals consider chemical disasters

Hospital response to massive chemical incidents will be discussed at the Alliance for Chemical Safety meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 3805 Edwards Road, Norwood.

The meeting is open to the public. The alliance is composed of industries, agencies and citizens interested in chemical safety. For more information, contact Deb Leonard at (513) 612-3074.

E-mail mboyer@enquirer.com



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