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Milacron focuses on core biz.

Milacron focuses on core biz

Cincinnati Milacron has taken key steps to improve its ability to support customers and its growing distribution network and to better utilize its world-class manufacturing capabilities. Plans affect the company's operations in Worcester, MA, Wilmington and Cincinnati, OH and Fountain Inn, SC. Here's how:

The Worcester, MA, Heald plant and three of the four categories of grinding machines it makes--centertype, internal, and bearing--will be sold. Production of its new Wolfpack-designed centerless grinding machines will be transferred to Cincinnati's centerless grinding machine service parts and rebuild operations. "Wolfpack" is the designation given the company's concurrent engineering team approach to designing and building world-class products.

Fountain Inn, SC, will become Milacron's US center for standard machine-tool products, as production of new Wolfpack-designed turning centers is shifted to this modern world-class manufacturing facility where standard horizontal machining centers are produced. "We'll be able to take advantage of the state-of-the-art (Fountain Inn, SC) facility with environmentally controlled machining and assembly areas, modern cellular manufacturing, and advanced computer-driven support systems," explains Raymond E Ross, executive VP of operations. "These technologies are necessary to implement a pull-through manufacturing philosophy, which improves quality, lowers inventory, reduces cycle times, and increases throughput."

Manufacture of more specialized, highly engineered turning centers will be transferred from Wilmington to Cincinnati to be handled by the advanced systems group. The 40-year-old Wilmington, OH, plant which currently produces most of its various lines of CNC turning centers will be closed.

The moves are expected to give Milacron greater flexibility in meeting the needs of customers and distributors for higher quality products. The company also announced that it is actively seeking a buyer for its LK Tool subsidiary of Derby, England.

Cincinnati Milacron, with 1990 sales of $838 million, is a leading producer of machine tools, plastics machinery, computer controls, precision grinding wheels, and metalworking fluids.
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Title Annotation:Manufacturing Update, Cincinnati Milacron Inc.
Publication:Tooling & Production
Date:Nov 1, 1991
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