fortune plastics logo 1OLD SAYBROOK: Fortune Plastic a can lining manufacturing company founded in 1955 is shutting down.

Owned by Hartsville, SC., based Novolex, [owned by the Carlyle Group] the company is moving its equipment to other company locations.  The plant employs 92, some employees, according to a report in Plastics News may remain to decommission the plant and others will be offered positions in other company facilities.

Mark Daniels, VP of Sustainability told the magazine, “our attention is focused on placing our employees with other companies in the area. Our outplacement program is going to begin immediately. We are going to be taking some of the assets and sending them to our sister companies. And some of our employees have expressed a willingness to move to some of our other facilities as well,” Daniels said.

The company sent a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter to the Connecticut Department of Labor, with a last date of employment expected to be April 23.

GEARS CLEARSTORRS: The University of Connecticut has been named part of a new national coalition to coordinate research and development in “smart manufacturing and energy efficiency,”

The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, has been awarded $70 million from the U.S. Department of Energy that will be matched by private investments and is part of the administration’s effort to double U.S. energy efficiency by 2030.

The institute is an association of nearly 200 “partners” from academia, industry, and non-profits to “advance the development of smart sensors and digital process controls, and shift these technologies to manufacturers across the country.”