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MEADVILLE, PA. — Ideal Tool Co. in Meadville recently completed construction of a 25,000-square-foot addition to its production facility to accommodate the firm's entrance into custom molding.

Ideal Vice President Joe Caretti declined to comment on the cost of the addition and new equipment because the expansion is not complete.

Caretti said the 10-year-old mold-making firm purchased four molding presses, with clamping forces of 50-230 tons, from Van Dorn Demag. He anticipates adding a 300-ton Van Dorn Demag soon.

``We've been a designer and builder of injection molds, but our customers asked us to go full-service,'' Caretti said. ``Now we can sample molds, debug them and do production runs.''

Ideal invested heavily in the latest manufacturing technology, including an Omis II optical measuring and inspection system, three Pro/Engineer computer-aided-design software stations, and molding and mold-making equipment. The company employs 42 and serves the appliance, automotive, communications, computer, electronic and medical industries.