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Stahlman Engineering Corp. and Stahlman Construction Management Services Inc. have combined to form The Stahlman Group Inc., an engineering, architectural and construction management firm based in New London, N.H., and Atlanta. SGI President Bob Stahlman says the evolution "will allow us to take our competitive and comprehensive services to the next level, providing our clients with a product that is literally better than ever."
Portola Packaging Inc. has completed its acquisition of Woonsocket, R.I.-based Tech Industries Inc. Portola, San Jose, Calif., designs, manufactures and markets tamper-evident plastic closures, bottles and related equipment and engineering services for the dairy, milk, fruit juice, bottled water, sports drinks and other non-carbonated beverage markets. Tech Industries is a supplier of plastic packaging components to the cosmetic, fragrance and toiletries industry.
Pack Expo International 2004, one of the world's largest showcases of packaging equipment, materials and containers, has sold 90 percent of available exhibit space for the upcoming show, November 7 to 11
at Chicago's McCormick Place. Sponsored and produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Arlington, Va., Pack Expo International will highlight the latest advancements from across the packaging industry, including labeling and coding technologies, brand-building materials, robotics and active and protective packaging solutions. The show will feature more than 1,600 machinery, materials, components and containers exhibitors using
1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space. Thousands of packaging solutions will be available to the more than 47,000 who are expected to attend, including 6,000 international visitors from more than 70 countries.
Arlington, Va.-based Packaging Education Forum (PEF) is distributing $400,000 to packaging programs at six universities. This distribution of assets is part of the PEF dissolution plan, expected to run through June 30. The funds are being distributed as one-time grants to the following programs: $200,000 to the packaging program at San Jose State University to establish a PEF Packaging Research and Development laboratory and renovate its 5,000-square-foot packaging laboratory and classrooms; $100,000 to the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to establish the Pelf's Endowment in Packaging Science, support packaging science research and offer financial aid; $25,000 to the packaging science program at Clemson University for research, teaching equipment and laboratory upgrades; $25,000 to the packaging school at Michigan State University for software, hardware, processing and filling equipment, instrumentation and new technologies; $25,000 to the packaging science department at Rochester Institute of Technology for its materials/containers laboratory; and $25,000 to the packaging program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Charlottesville, Va.-based Madras Packaging LLC entered into a financial agreement with Old World Industries, allowing the plastics packager to move ahead with its nationwide expansion plans. Old World Industries, Northbrook, Ill., markets chemical products and automotive parts.
St. Louis-based Asters has received superior ratings for its food, pharmaceutical and technical grade phosphate manufacturing facilities on its annual AIB International audits for the 10th consecutive year. AIBI recognizes food and ingredient manufacturers for the completeness and effectiveness of food safety, quality, management and pest control programs, as well as operational methods, personnel, food safety maintenance and cleaning practices.
Johnson Truck Bodies, Rice Lake, Wis., has added New York City-based Frank Siviglia & Co. to its national network of dealers. Siviglia will offer sales and service for Johnson's line of refrigerated vehicles, and stock a complete inventory of service parts to meet routine maintenance needs. One of North America's leading manufacturers of refrigerated vehicles, Johnson has expanded its position geographically and vocationally through continued product development and strategic growth initiatives.
Four industry professionals, including the first European-based representative, attained accreditation as Certified Conformance Evaluators (CCE) from
3-A Sanitary Standards Inc. They are Rocklyn Bates, USDA/AMS Dairy Programs; Paul Bokelmann, industry consultant; Bernard Thompson, Seiberling Associates Inc.; and Andrew Timperley, CCFRA Technology Ltd. in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. They join 26 others who earned the certification last summer. The CCE credential is required for those performing independent inspections of equipment for 3-A Symbol holders as part of a new Third Party Verification program.
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be USDA compliant. — Nu-Con Equipment, 1600 Lake Drive West, Chanhassen, Minn., 55317, phone: (952) 279-5210, fax: (952) 279-5206, Web site: www.nucon.com
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incorporate one of several Fogg neck-handling technologies, from neck support to the proprietary neck grip. Available in a wide range of capacities, from single-serve to 5-liter containers, the Fill Pro filling system features an oversized 2-to-1, filler-to-capper transfer ratio for smoother container handling. Fast changeovers are achieved with tool-less change parts and segmented star wheels. Bottle feed is controlled by an adjustable timing screw, requiring very little maintenance. The filling bowl and capping turret are raised and lowered electrically, with optional preset heights for fast changeover. All operations are performed from the interface panel, including product supply, CIP activation, and fault condition indication and reset. The system features a new Tri-Line Valve with an industry-first clamp design for improved sanitation and maintenance. Manufactured to 3A standards for efficient CIP operations, the new Tri-Line Valve offers easy use, tool-less takedown and fast changeover with precise alignment. The Fill Pro Series integrated safety guard can be upgraded to accept HEPA filtration to provide laminar airflow for Extended Shelf Life requirements. An optional CIP trough supports fast product changeover by draining the bowl and valves while the bowl continues to rotate. The system is activated from the touch screen control panel and eliminates cumbersome CIP rings. Available options are CIP trough, all metal valves, HEPA systems, steam cap sterilization, Sanibar spray systems with automatic rinse cycle, product agitation, automatic height adjustment and twin servo driven infeed screws. — Fogg Filler Co., 3455 John F. Donnelly Drive, Holland, Mich., 49424, phone: (616) 786-3644, fax: (616) 786-0350, e-mail: email@example.com
of CSB-System include maximized growth potential, flexible material planning and capacity resources and paperless HACCP. CSB-System also offers solutions for accounting and finance, human resources and customer relationship management. — CSB-System International, 3131 Camino del Rio North, Suite 580, San Diego, Calif., 92108, phone: (800) 852-9977 or (619) 640-0436, fax: (800) 851-6299 or (619) 640-0476, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web site: www.csb- system.com
aging.com. The new site combines enhanced user-friendly navigation and communication to give stretch wrapping system customers exact information in just a few clicks. Visitors can search by product or application. The "Products" pull-down menu displays Orion's automatic, semi-automatic, specialty and orbital stretch wrappers. By clicking on the system of interest, a model overview appears offering photos and exact specifications from style, rpm and maximum load size to conveyor speed and drive method. The "Applications" menu bar allows users to search by industries that Orion serves, including beverage, food and drug, printing and graphic arts, block and concrete, general warehouse and appliance industries. Published articles on specific applications are also available and can be sorted by industry, title or date. The site also lists upcoming trade shows Orion is attending, along with company news. Visitors can click through to view facility maps, order literature and videos and to find an Orion distributor in their area. — Orion Packaging Systems, 100 Crescent Drive, Collierville, Tenn., 38017, phone: (901) 888-4170 or (800) 333-6556, fax: (901) 365-1071, Web site: www.orionpackaging.com
environmental monitoring. AssureSwab's one-step activation makes it the ideal swab for sampling both wet and dry surfaces. The generous ergonomic handle design helps to prevent accidental contamination, ensuring reliable and accurate results. — BioControl Systems Inc., 12822 SE 32nd St., Bellevue, Wash., 98005, phone: (425) 603-1123, (800) 245-0113, fax: (425) 603-0070, Web site: www.biocontrolsys.com
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160 cpm with a 12-inch center. Carton sizes for the 9-inch center model range from 4 to 8 inches long, 1/2 to 6 inches wide and 41/2 to 12 inches deep; sizes for the 12-inch center range from 4 to 11 inches long, 1/2 inch to 6 inches wide and 41/2 to 12 inches deep. Options include automatic transfers, code date, tuck closing, open flap inspect and reject, loader reject conveyor, color and pendant-mount HMI, NEMA 4 electrics, CE mark capability and Siemens controls. — R.A. Jones & Co. Inc., P.O. Box 485, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45201, phone: (859) 341-0400, fax: (859) 341-0519, Web site: www.rajones.com