Manufacturing/Logistics

Milwaukee-based Douglas Dynamics Inc. announced it has agreed to acquire Manchester, Iowa-based Henderson for about $95 million.
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Milwaukee-based Brady Corp. reported fiscal 2015 first quarter net earnings of $13.6 million, or 25 cents per share, down from $24 million, or 44 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2014.
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Since 2000, Racine-based SC Johnson has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from global manufacturing sites by 50.5 percent, as well as reduced global manufacturing waste by 71 percent. Both surpassed the company’s goal of 48 percent and 70 percent by 2016, respectively.
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Glendale-based Sprecher Brewing Co. has released two new bourbon barrel-aged brews: the Czar Brew and the Commando. They became available in the Sprecher Gift Shop and at additional retail outlets earlier this month.
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Sussex-based Power Test Inc. is holding its third annual tree lighting celebration on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. Open to the community and local businesses, it will take place at its location at N60 W22700 Silver Spring Drive.
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Shorewood-based Northwoods Web Solutions is offering a free web strategy workshop for manufacturers on Tuesday. Called “Successful Manufacturing Websites & Online Catalogs,” the workshop will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Northwoods Web Solutions, 1572 E Capitol Drive in Shorewood.
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Companies interested in investing in energy efficiency and waste reduction projects can apply for low interest financing by Monday, Dec. 8. The funding is available from the new Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund (CERLF), a program jointly managed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
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Kenosha-based plastic injection molding company Xten Industries LLC has been sold out of bankruptcy to Mundelein, Ill.-based Commercial Plastics Co.
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Milwaukee business executive Kevin Seiberlich and Hamilton Henry Capital have acquired Waukesha-based V&L Tool Inc.
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The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely continue to be a strong yet steadily changing segment of the manufacturing industry overall.
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