Freedom Plastics president hopeful

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Gazette Staff
March 19, 2009
— The president of Freedom Plastics said today heís hopeful new owners of the companyís assets will continue operations in Janesville, where Freedom employs about 80 people.

Assets of the financially troubled manufacturer of PVC pipe and fittings were auctioned off by a receiver to four companies for a total of about $11.5 million. Rock County Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Forbeck on Tuesday approved the auction results.

Westlake Chemical Corp. of Houston bid $6.3 million for Freedomís Janesville pipe-manufacturing division, which employs 50 to 60 people. Harrington Corp. of Lynchburg, Va., bid $1 million for the 25-employee Janesville fittings unit.

A Harrington representative couldnít be reached on Wednesday. A Westlake spokesman said that company doesnít yet know what it will do with the Janesville pipe-manufacturing operation.

Freedom president Steve Scaccia said he believes, but heís not certain, that Harrington and Westlake plan to operate in Janesville.

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