Friday, May 10, 2002

Industry notes: Manufacturing

By Mike Boyer,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Ampac acquires bag plants

        Springdale's Ampac Packaging LLC, maker of plastic and paper shopping bags and packaging, has acquired Denmar Products Inc. in Tulsa, Okla.

        Financial terms weren't disclosed, but Ampac, which also has plants in New York and Alabama, said the sale includes Denmar's Tulsack paper bag plant in Tulsa and We Package It, a distributor of retail packaging products near Dallas. The two companies employ about 100, and current management will continue to oversee the operations.

        John Baumann, Ampac president, said Denmar gives his company a production plant in the West and greater access to the retail distributor market.

        Ampac, which has sales estimated at more than $100 million, has completed six acquisitions in the last four years and has opened an office in China to source product.

        Mr. Baumann said Tulsack is the only company picked as manufacturer of the year for five consecutive years by the Retail Packaging Manufacturers Association.

Companies giving free plant tour

        Midwest Manufacturing Solutions in conjunction with Ghent Manufacturing will conduct a free benchmarking plant tour Tuesday to illustrate some of the productivity improvements implemented by the Lebanon maker of marker boards, chalk boards and easels.

        The tour, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will include a discussion with Ghent managers and employees. Registration is required. To sign up, go to For information, contact Midwest Manufacturing at 381-7200, Ext. 130.

TechSolve meeting on pollution prevention

       Spill prevention and storm-water pollution prevention plans will be discussed at Wednesday'smeeting of TechSolve's environmental compliance collaborative.

        The session, which will include officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, begins at 2 p.m. at the nonprofit manufacturing assistance organization's Bond Hill center, off Interstate 75.

        The discussion will include: who is exempt and who is not, what compliance plans should include and common errors.

        For more information, contact Jennifer McClure at 948-2015 or

Gravely to speak on development

        Cincinnatian Melvin Gravely, a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and business development, is keynote speaker at Tuesday's meeting of the Cincinnati chapters of APICS, American Production and Inventory Control and NAPM, National Association of Purchasing Managers.

        The 6:30 p.m. dinner meeting at Vernon Manor Hotel, 400 Oak St., will be preceded by a video talk by business guru Tom Peters.

        For more information, contact Barrett Hopper at 786-8889 or go to

Alliance to discuss chemical safety

       The response to Ohio River spills will be discussed at the Alliance for Chemical Safety meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Avon Woods Nature Center, 4235 Paddock Road.

        The alliance is composed of industries, citizens and agencies interested in chemical safety. For information, contact Deb Leonard at 612-3074.

        Contact Mike Boyer at 768-8494; fax 564-6991; or e-mail


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