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April 13, 1989 | JEFFREY BEAN, Times Staff Writer
A Chula Vista toxic-waste treatment plant will store the cargo that caught fire Tuesday aboard a truck until tests on the materials are conducted and it can be shipped to an out-of-state incinerator, officials said. Federal, state, county and Chula Vista city officials are investigating the blaze. They are scheduled to meet Friday at Appropriate Technologies II to determine if the load is safe to move, said Tim Sparks, general manager of the plant. A 55-gallon drum of acrylic resin on a 40-foot trailer being pulled by the truck caught on fire as the truck climbed a hill on Maxwell Road near the plant's entrance.
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December 6, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
A frozen plume of water? A ghostly guppy? A dragon tear? Those are just a few of the things that may come to mind when you first lay eyes on the 2013 LACMA holiday ornament. An annual tradition that taps Los Angeles-based designers and artists to create ornaments inspired by the museum's holdings (much like the Wear LACMA program does with apparel and accessories), this year's was created by brothers Simon and Nikolai Haas whose downtown L.A. design studio cranks out a range of things -- from freaky looking furniture, candelabras and vases to set pieces and props for movies and television.
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December 6, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
A frozen plume of water? A ghostly guppy? A dragon tear? Those are just a few of the things that may come to mind when you first lay eyes on the 2013 LACMA holiday ornament. An annual tradition that taps Los Angeles-based designers and artists to create ornaments inspired by the museum's holdings (much like the Wear LACMA program does with apparel and accessories), this year's was created by brothers Simon and Nikolai Haas whose downtown L.A. design studio cranks out a range of things -- from freaky looking furniture, candelabras and vases to set pieces and props for movies and television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2010
DAN RESIN Actor portrayed Ty-D-Bol Man Dan Resin, 79, who portrayed the dapper Ty-D-Bol man in television commercials for the toilet bowl cleaner, died Saturday in Wayne, N.J., of complications from Parkinson's disease. Resin also played Dr. Beeper, a snobbish physician and country club member in the 1980 comedy " Caddyshack." Resin was born Daniel Wrzesien in South Bend, Ind., and studied music and theater at Indiana University. After a stint in the Army, he headed to New York to pursue an acting career.
NEWS
June 17, 1989 | ROBERT LACHMAN, Times Staff Writer
Many things separate the most notable fine-art photographers--such as George Tice, Brett Weston and the late Ansel Adams--from all the rest. One basic difference is the printing paper that most name photographers use. It's called Oriental Seagull, and it has captured 80% of the fine-art market and runs third overall behind Kodak and Ilford. "The reason people buy our paper is for the high silver content," said Carmen Pacella, whose Santa Ana-based company imports the paper.
NEWS
December 4, 1988
Two brothers were sentenced to 20 years in prison for running a scam that bilked investors out of $3 million with claims that "high fusion science" could be used to convert weeds and twigs into highly durable building materials. U.S. District Judge Earl Gillam of San Diego imposed the sentence on Walter Gutierrez, 58, and brother Alex, 55, who were convicted in July of 39 counts each of conspiracy and filing false income tax returns.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1987 | LILY ENG
Compounding Technology Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Costa Mesa-based CIMCO, has signed a two-year contract with Toyo Soda Mfg. Co. to produce plastic components from materials supplied by Toyo, a subsidiary of Toso Susteel Co., a Japanese chemical company. CIMCO is a plastics manufacturer. Compounding Technology will process plastic resin material into pellets, which Toyo Soda, a plastics supplier, will market in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1989
There are four major factors that show a need to upscale recycling in the United States: We are running out of room for landfills; incineration is expensive; landfills, incinerators and other waste-treatment facilities cause a "not in my back yard" reaction and the skyrocketing prices make recycled plastics attractive as raw materials and the lack of trees makes paper a precious commodity; and limited ore supplies make aluminum recycling a profitable venture....
BUSINESS
March 21, 1989
Hughes Aircraft Co. in El Segundo won a $143,350 contract from the Air Force to provide for studies on resins.
BUSINESS
October 3, 1986 | Associated Press
Mobay Corp. has begun production of a high-purity polycarbonate resin for use in the manufacture of compact audio discs and digital storage memories and will build a compact-disc research laboratory in Pittsburgh, the company recently said. Mobay, a subsidiary of Bayer USA Inc. and Bayer AG of Leverkusen, West Germany, announced that the resin Makrolon CD-2000 is being manufactured at its plant in Baytown, Tex. The plant is expected to produce up to 50 million pounds of the material annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2007 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Florence Miller Pierce, an artist who was part of the Transcendental Painting Group of Taos, N.M., in her 20s but gained broader attention decades later with her Post-Minimalist works of tinted resin, died Oct. 25 at Presbyterian Hospital, near her home in Albuquerque. She was 89. The cause was complications from lung disease, according to Charlotte Jackson, Pierce's art dealer in Santa Fe. Born Florence Melva Miller in Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2006 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
Richard Feldman is trying to put himself out of the plastic business. For years, Feldman, an importer of plastic containers, gave little thought to the nation's overflowing landfills. But that changed when he realized that many of his customers, including Whole Foods Market Inc., were going green. "I will lose the business someday," said Feldman, the founder of Los Angeles-based Clear Creek Compostables. "I just want to lose it to myself." It's already happening.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Occidental Petroleum Corp., the fourth-biggest U.S. oil and natural-gas producer, said Wednesday that it shut down its vinyl resins factory in Pottstown, Pa., which employed 200 people. The closing reduced fourth-quarter pretax profit by about $53 million. A write-off of production facilities using mercury cell technology reduced fourth-quarter pretax profit by an additional $12 million, the Los Angeles company said. The unprofitable vinyl resins business represented about 2.
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July 16, 2000 | MARTIN BOOE
"I guess you could say it started as a procrastination device," says guitar maker Michael Spalt as he drapes a strip of the flag he bought at a thrift store around a chunk of hand-carved wood. "I started making guitars to get away from writing screenplays, and at a certain point, I realized I had a lot more fun with the guitars." Walk into Spalt's Silver Lake studio/showroom and you understand almost instantly the origins of the name Totem Guitars.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2000 | (Leslie Earnest)
Fluor Corp. is teaming up with DuPont Co. to design and build industrial plants that will produce resins used in making plastic containers for thousands of commercial products, the companies said Thursday. The plants feature a new technology specifically developed for packaging resin, "and we fully expect it to be the process of choice for global resin production," said Robert G. Hirsh, managing director of DuPont Polyester Technologies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bucket of chemical resin left in an oven caused an explosion and fire in an Anaheim factory Saturday morning, fire authorities said. A worker from Friday's shift at Pacific Transformer Corp. in the 5300 block of East Hunter Avenue apparently left the bucket in the oven overnight, said Robyn Butler, a spokeswoman for the Anaheim Fire Department. Employees who turned the oven on Saturday about 10:30 a.m. saw it explode, blowing the oven door 50 feet across the room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1991
Firefighters evacuated the residents of two Burbank apartment buildings early Tuesday when a nearby resin factory caught fire, emitting smoke that they feared might be hazardous. But safety experts determined that no hazardous compounds were involved in the blaze and tenants returned home within three hours. The midnight fire, which was extinguished in 70 minutes, caused $100,000 in damage to Fiber Resin, 170 W. Providencia Ave., Burbank Battalion Chief Douglas Parris said.
NEWS
May 4, 1996
Edward "Abe" Lasher, 85, innovative chemist who specialized in developing resins. Lasher earned three degrees from UCLA. During World War II, he was instrumental in developing sealants for airplane gas tanks, which were crucial in the success of four-engine bombers including the B-17 and B-24. Lasher was the founder of Specialty Resins Co., which was acquired by Allied Chemical Co. in 1960. He also set up HCI Coatings and Chemical Co. and Roblen Resins & Development Corp.
NEWS
June 7, 1998 | VICKI SMITH, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Don Weaver saw the bridge deck dangling from a crane, it didn't look quite right. The panel being maneuvered into place over the rushing creek near his home was not made of steel or cement, the usual materials used for bridges in his flood-prone rural neighborhood. "It had these honeycomb tubes running through it," Weaver said. "It was some wild-looking stuff." It was plastic. And Weaver drove right over the small bridge. "I never thought twice about it," he said.
NEWS
January 12, 1998 | KATHY BRYANT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the century wanes, every furniture design from the past is floating to the surface like debris from a shipwreck. Looking for Victorian, early American, Art Deco, 1950s, '60s and on and on? You can find both the real and the repro. Yet, at the same time, new ideas in contemporary furniture design are taking shape all over the world. Paris-based Australian Marc Newson creates fiberglass shell chairs with electrostatically upholstered blue flock. Briton Ron Arad's F.P.E.
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