C&J Industries completes $6.8 million expansion

Jessica Hobrook

Published: February 6, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Medical, Injection Molding

MEADVILLE, PA. (Feb. 6, 1:05 p.m. ET) — C&J Industries, a high-precision injection molder and contract manufacturer, recently completed a $6.8 million renovation and expansion at its Meadville plant.

The project included a 30,000 square-foot addition — a 12,000 square-foot white room, a new quality assurance lab, and additional warehouse space.

The new white room will be used for medical and non-medical molding and is capable of holding 17 presses, ranging from 55 to 720 tons.

C&J also overhauled existing plant areas. They converted an existing contract assembly room into Class 8 clean rooms for medical molding, and turned a general molding room into a fully-equipped white assembly room.

The new assembly room will be used for a variety of secondary services like manual and automated assembly, pad printing, sonic welding, heat staking and leak-testing, the company said.

The expansion also included the purchase of nine new all-electric injecting molding presses ranging from 55 tons to 390 tons.

C&J started the expansion, the largest in the company’s history, on Oct. 8, 2010. The project was slated to take six months and cost $6 million, but a combination of bad weather and shifting demands caused a delay, said Mark Fuhrman, director of sales and marketing, in a Feb. 2 phone interview.

“The whole process was pretty fascinating,” he said. The company originally planned to renovate existing areas into white rooms, but during construction the demand for clean molding jumped dramatically, so instead of a white molding room they created a clean molding room.

“To manage all this and to stay working 24 hours a day was a pretty challenging task, but we were successful,” he added.

Construction on the expansion wrapped-up in December 2011, and the company unveiled the finished project to the public on Feb. 3. While the debut is six months later than anticipated, it now coincides with C&J’s 50th year in business.

With the completed project, the plant spans 180,000 square feet and houses 42 presses ranging from 20 tons to 720 tons. The company currently employs 272 workers, but plans to increase its workforce by 10-15 percent, Fuhrman said. In recent years, the company has seen across the board growth — approximately 45 percent over the last three years — and anticipates that double-digit growth will continue, he said.

“Given this economy we’re obviously very grateful, appreciate of what C&J has been able to accomplish,” Fuhrman said.

C&J Industries, based in Meadsville, was ranked no. 127 in Plastics News’ most-recent list of North American injection molders.


Comments

C&J Industries completes $6.8 million expansion

Jessica Hobrook

Published: February 6, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Helix gets FDA compliance for another medical device facility

October 2, 2014 10:50 am ET

Helix Medical LLC's Baldwin Park, Calif., facility has attained compliance with the federal regulation for quality systems for medical devices.    More

Image

Houston Plastic continues to grow with new press, controlled production area

October 1, 2014 11:32 am ET

Custom injection molder Houston Plastic Products Corp. has extended its clamp tonnage range and added an environmentally controlled molding area.    More

Image

Ohio molder Denbro Plastics moves to new location

September 29, 2014 6:17 pm ET

Logo products injection molder Denbro Plastics Co. has moved to another plant within Toledo, Ohio, to streamline production and improve efficiency.    More

Image

Global giant Foxconn to make, sell molding machines

September 26, 2014 2:48 pm ET

For years, Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group has been the world's largest contract manufacturer for electronics, with more than 1 million employees...    More

Image

Nypro Healthcare continues to grow following Jabil acquisition

September 26, 2014 1:59 pm ET

Nypro Healthcare's newest medical device manufacturing facility offers 200,000 square feet of carefully configured Class 8 clean room molding and asse...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events