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TURTLE LAKE, WIS. — Hartzell Manufacturing Co. Inc. is spending $2.5 million to build a custom injection molding plant in Denton, Texas, that is about twice the size of its current, leased facility there.

Hartzell expects to move Denton's 20 presses into the new facility by the end of May, said Marty Chevalier, Denton plant manager. It will own and occupy a 40,000-square-foot building with all the molding space rated as a Class 100,000 clean room, Chevalier said by telephone.

Denton, one of four Hartzell molding plants, will continue to focus on medical products. Other plants are at Hartzell's headquarters in Turtle Lake; St. Croix Falls, Wis.; and Cauguas, Puerto Rico. Some of the private firm's other markets include electronics, construction, and appliances.

Hartzell estimated its custom molding sales for the year ended March 31 at about $51.5 million. Total sales were about $94.5 million. It uses a range of commodity and engineering resins in its 85 presses companywide. Officials said its services include design, painting, welding, assembly and tool building and repair.