GREENBRIAR INSTALLS 2 PRESSES

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FAIRVIEW, PA. — Greenbriar Plastics Inc. added two new injection presses last week to complete an expansion of its Fairview custom injection molding facility.

Greenbriar installed a 300-ton Toyo press and a Cincinnati Milacron Magna press. The additions followed deliveries of a 300-ton and two 500-ton Toyos in the previous six months.

It also installed a new 170-ton process chiller supplied by Advantage Engineering Inc. of Greenwood, Ind. In December it expanded total floor space to 65,000 square feet after building a 50,000-square-foot addition for assembly and distribution.

Greenbriar President James Byrd said in a telephone interview the expansion cost about $1.8 million, including about $1 million for equipment. Byrd, sole owner of the company, established Greenbriar in 1987. The firm is on a 10-acre site five miles west of Erie, Pa.

Byrd said his firm's fastest growing markets have been housewares and electronics. It also molds for toy producers and is looking at entering medical molding.

He said Greenbriar's services include decorating, assembly and packaging. It has 11 presses with clamping forces of 90-720 tons and regulary replaces injection machinery to keep its average press age at five years. Greenbriar is scheduled to get an ISO 9002 audit in May.