Palm Plastics announces temporary closure 05.12.10

Written by David Green.

Production has ceased at Morenci’s Palm Plastics company for what’s expected to be a three-month period.

David Munson, Palm’s director of corporate relations, announced Wednesday the company was temporarily suspending operations at its Morenci plant for 90 days.

Munson said production will temporarily be shifted to Palm Plastics’ Bowling Green, Ohio, facility while various systems are upgraded in Morenci.

“Palm Plastics anticipates that this shift in production will be temporary and that operations in Morenci will be resumed in approximately 90 days,” Munson said.

Some Morenci employees were offered temporary work at Bowling Green for certain production areas.

“Palm Plastics is grateful for the service and commitment of its employees and looks forward to resuming operations in Morenci as soon as possible,” Munson added.

Palm manufactures a variety of goods ranging from housewares to medical components and shipping pallets.

REVSTONE—The Lexington, Ky., based Revstone Industries acquired Palm Plastics last year in a joint venture with a Chinese firm.

Revstone media representative Myra Moreland said the acquisition occurred in November 2009.

Palm is listed as one of five companies in its plastics division. Revstone also has metals, aerospace and specialty products divisions.

Moreland characterized Palm’s affiliation with Revstone as “very good news.” Revstone has invested in many plants facing financial challenges, she said. With its offshoot, Cerion, the firm has acquired more than 20 companies since its founding in 2008. One of the most recent purchases was the Grede Foundries in Vassar, Mich., which was threatened with closure.

Company CEO George Hofmeister is especially interested in Michigan companies.

“George has great affection for Michigan and he wants to keep jobs in Michigan,” Moreland said.

In addition to the headquarters in Kentucky, Revstone has an office in Southfield, Mich.

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