ALA. VENTURE EXPANDS WITH NICHE MARKETS

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LEEDS, ALA. — Am Pro Custom Molding plans to install as many as 52 new Boy injection molding presses at its Leeds facility.

Am Pro President E. Burns Roensch said his firm last year took delivery of the first eight injection presses of a 60-press order.

Roensch said Am Pro's production ``is completely sold out'' and the firm wants to add as many more presses as it can, as demand warrants. However, he could provide no timetable or spending plan for 1997.

He added that Am Pro will buy presses with clamping forces of 22-80 tons; its current stable of 20 machines has clamping forces to 500 tons. Last year the company had injection molding sales of $5 million.

Am Pro eventually might need to add more floor space at its 75,000-square-foot facility but it prefers to invest in productive assets rather than ``bricks and mortar,'' according to Roensch.

Am Pro is a joint venture between American Household Products Inc. of Leeds and ProMould Ltd. of Banbury, England, that began production in August 1995.

Roensch said his firm has fast and inexpensive mold-building technology that helps it grow in small-part markets, such as promotional goods, and in stock components, such as furniture feet. It also does a variety of custom molding. It molds polyolefins, styrenics, nylon and engineering resins.

Am Pro employs about 60.