Biltrite finalizes custom mix buy
Biltrite Industries has completed its purchase of the custom mixing business of Hercules Tire & Rubber Co., giving Canada-based Biltrite its first U.S. production base. Terms of the transaction weren't disclosed.
The 150,000-sq.-ft. plant in Findlay, Ohio, began operating under the Biltrite name May 2.
The production, technical and support services teams at the former Hercules operation were maintained to assure as smooth a transition as possible, Marvin Sherkin, Biltrite president and CEO, said in a letter to customers.
Diamond Roller hikes re-cover prices
Diamond Roller, a division of Diamond Holding Corp., has boosted prices 5 percent on all re-covered roller products to offset escalating raw material, energy and transportation costs.
``We've tried everything possible to control costs, but we will not jeopardize the quality of Diamond's products,'' said Diamond Roller President Bill Swanson.
The hikes went into effect in April.
Wacker, Dow form venture in China
Wacker-Chemie GmbH and Dow Corning Corp. have finalized an agreement for a joint venture in China to produce silicone intermediates and fumed silica.
The companies plan to build a world-scale production complex for siloxane and fumed silica for several hundred million dollars.
SME selected as Barwell distributor
Barwell International Ltd. has selected SME Equipment L.L.C. as the exclusive North American distributor of its preformers and extruders.
SME Equipment, based in Akron, will handle sales, technical support and spare parts supply for all Barwell products, including a new line of gear pump preformers.
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