EPA honors Lehigh
Lehigh Technologies Inc. has been named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Performance Track Program.
The program honors manufacturers that voluntarily exceed EPA regulatory requirements, implement systems for improving environmental management and set three-year goals for environmental performance improvement.
New associates join IISRP
Notch Consulting Group and YPF S.A. have joined the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers as affiliate members.
Notch Consulting provides proprietary market research on the tire industry supply chain, including carbon black, silica, rubber chemicals and textile cord, the IISRP said.
YPF S.A. is based in Argentina and makes processing oils. Technical Manager Marcela Balige will act as liaison for YPF.
Bandag signs deal with H&H
Bridgestone Bandag L.L.C. has agreed to supply H&H Industries with its Continuum-brand retread materials.
H&H Industries will use Bandag materials to make finished products to supply Bandag franchised and non-Bandag dealers, according to Mike Poirier, Bandag North American OTR sales manager.
Foamex opens N.M. distribution site
Foamex International Inc. has opened a fabrication and distribution branch in Albuquerque, N.M.
President and CEO Jack Johnson said the site is part of the firm's plan to expand downstream operations and better serve customers in the western U.S.
UFP buys foam plastic goods maker
U.S. packaging company UFP Technologies Inc. has bought Stephenson & Lawyer Inc., a maker of technical polyurethane foams and other foam plastic products.
S&L's expertise is complementary to UFP, which works primarily with polyethylene foams, Georgetown, Mass.-based UFP said. S&L had sales of about $13 million in 2007.
UFP said S&L's 250,000-sq.-ft. factory in Grand Rapids, Mich., adds significantly to the firm's manufacturing capabilities.
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