CMI INDUSTRIES EXPANDS

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CHICAGO — CMI Industries Inc., formerly CMI Product Development, has a new name and an additional 25,000 square feet of injection molding space in Glenview, Ill., to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

The firm, founded in 1972 by President Paul Wagner, has doubled its production plants during the past eight months and just added a Niigata injection molding press with 385 tons of clamping force, according to Raul Castaneda, general manager, sales.

``We're trying to get more into injection molding longer runs,'' Castaneda said March 10 at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago's McCormick Place.

CMI, which began operations as a one-man model shop, has evolved into a full-service manufacturing enterprise with 100 employees and $6 million in sales. The company was able to acquire an existing building across the street from its Glenview headquarters to handle the longer production runs. In addition to installation of the 385-ton Niigata, CMI also recently purchased two 275-ton Niigatas.

Castaneda said the suburban Chicago firm operates 13 presses, ranging from a 25-ton Arburg to the large Niigata. The company's plant includes design and machining operations as well as a model and mold shop.