CLAIRSON EXPANDING

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Clairson Industries Corp. plans to expand its new custom blow molding operation in Norcross, Ga.

The Ocala, Fla., firm plans to add more blow molding equipment and install injection molding presses at the 125,000-square-foot facility. Its next piece of equipment will be a 750-ton Battenfeld injection press due to start up at Norcross in August, according to spokeswoman Angela Wells. The press will make household and other products.

Clairson's startup of the Norcross plant early this year marked its entry into custom blow molding. The plant has two Cincinnati Milacron blow molding machines making an undisclosed recreational product. They have shot sizes of eight and 15 pounds and both are twin-head models, Wells said in a telephone interview.

Norcross also has polyurethane foaming capability for the recreational part and for other products. Clairson is running the plant on a four-shift basis, six days a week.

Officials did not disclose cost of the new facility or equipment or provide a detailed timetable on the Norcross expansion.

Wells said Clairson outgrew its Ocala plant, where it runs 18 Battenfeld presses of 40-550 tons and a mold-building shop. It plans to move the mold shop to another facility in the Ocala area but has not chosen a location.

Clairson specializes in custom molding for medical, construction, aerospace and recreational and sporting goods markets. It recorded sales of $9.5 million in 1995. Its president, Philip Effinger, co-owns the 19-year-old company with an undisclosed partner.