January 1, 2006
Owens-Illinois Inc., Toledo, Ohio, has acquired the business and assets of Tianjin New World Glass Containers Co. Ltd., China, for approximately $9 million. The new company will conduct business as O-I Tianjin Glass Co Ltd.
Alcan Inc.’s Alcan Packaging Mexico S.A. de C.V. has acquired the packaging assets and business of Recubrimientos y Lamina-ciones de Papel S.A. de C.V. (Relapasa), Monterrey, Mexico. Relapasa’s plant employs 250 people and had 2005 sales of almost $22 million. With this acquisition, Alcan Packaging Mexico will have approximately 1,250 employees at three flexible packaging sites.
As of Jan. 1, UNOVA Inc., Everett, Wash., changed its name to Intermec. The name change reflects the company’s transformation during the past eight years from a manufacturing systems and technology company focused primarily in the automotive and aerospace industries, to a global company in mobile computing and automated data collection technology.
Mars Electronics International (MEI), responding to recent press reports, confirmed that JCM American Corp. has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court claiming patent infringement against MEI. The company believes JCM American Corp.’s action is a response to MEI’s patent infringement complaint filed against JCM American Corp. and Japan Cash Machine Co. Ltd. last June.
Henningsen Cold Storage Co., Hillsboro, Ore., took home a Golden Penguin Award for the second year in a row at the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association’s annual convention in San Francisco. Henningsen received the Golden Penguin, which symbolizes excellence in the promotion of frozen and refrigerated foods, for its work during June’s National Dairy Month.
MeadWestvaco Corp., Stamford, Conn., debuted its new packaging innovation center, located at the company’s Richmond, Va., office. The new facility features demonstrations of innovative packaging technologies and capabilities, and provides an informative environment that supports collaborative exploration of customer ideas.
The Stahlman Group expanded its engineering and design operation by relocating to a new facility in Concord, N.H.
Eleven Technology, Cambridge, Mass., was awarded ISV Partner of the Year by Symbol Technologies. The award recognizes the ISV partner that achieved its highest revenue goals, and invested and collaborated in marketing campaigns with Symbol to drive demand and new business opportunities for enterprise mobility solutions.
Heineken USA renewed its agreement with Satellite Logistics Group of Companies, Houston, to provide full product distribution from four of its warehouses to supply several regions in the United States. This contract, which runs through 2008, coincides with the brewer’s current agreement with Satellite Logistics Group to manage its entire U.S. keg return operation.