MME group moves plant to support new work

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: January 24, 2014 2:31 pm ET
Updated: January 27, 2014 9:40 pm ET

Image By: Martfive LLC MME group Inc. is making all the plastic parts for the HurryCane, a foldable, ergonomic cane.

Related to this story

Topics Medical, Injection Molding

Reshoring of a consumer product spurred custom injection molder MME group Inc. to relocate its satellite plant.

MME is making all the plastic parts for HurryCane, an ergonomic, advanced walking cane, and assembling the canes. The project for Martfive LLC of Minneapolis, Minn., convinced MME to move its North St. Paul, plant to a location in Maplewood, Minn.

"We were awarded a large project and wanted to find the right space for it," explained Bob Guertin, MME's director of business development, in a telephone interview. The new facility, at 20,000 square feet, is larger and has a better work-flow setup than the previous one in North St. Paul. Inventory management and assembly operations have been optimized in the plant, a previously existing facility acquired by MME.

HurryCane had been made offshore but now is 100 percent U.S.-made. Martfive calls it "the all-terrain cane" because its base comprises three short feet that promote balance at any cane angle. The base pivots for better stability and the cane folds up into about a third of its working size to make storage easier. Guertin said MME was heavily involved in HurryCane's redesign for the U.S.-made version.

"The MME group Maplewood plant is operating three shifts a day," stated MME group President Bob Archambault, in a news release.

MME recently invested heavily in upgrades and machinery additions in Maplewood and at its 50,000-square-foot headquarters plant in Vadnais Heights, Minn., although Guertin did not disclose the budget for the programs.

It has installed three vertical storage carousels to organize its mold tooling and test and assembly fixtures. In Vadnais Heights it installed a new 180-ton Sumitomo Demag injection press that came onstream at the beginning of 2014, boosting MME's total press count to 27 with clamping forces ranging from 10-550 tons. Also in Vadnais Heights, MME repositioned large tooling racks and several injection presses to improve work flow and free up room for assembly. The company also cleaned the facility from top to bottom and resurfaced the floor with epoxy coating.

The improvements make the two plants "clean, bright and employee-friendly," Guertin said.

MME's capabilities range from design, to tool building, molding and assembly. It includes a clean room for medical molding. The firm molds a wide range of engineering and commodity resins, including liquid silicone rubber, elastomers and fluoropolymers.


Comments

MME group moves plant to support new work

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: January 24, 2014 2:31 pm ET
Updated: January 27, 2014 9:40 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Falcon Plastics expands in South Dakota

January 29, 2015 11:45 am ET

Falcon Plastics Inc. is putting the final touches on a 60,000 square foot addition that will nearly double the size of its Brookings, S.D.,...    More

Image

African equity fund invests in Kenya's General Plastics

January 28, 2015 4:24 pm ET

An African investment fund specializing in agriculture has invested in Kenyan packaging firm General Plastics Ltd. to provide funds to expand in the...    More

Image

Major packaging merger includes plastics operations

January 26, 2015 12:24 pm ET

A merger of packaging companies MeadWestvaco Corp. and Rock-Tenn Inc. will create a new company with nearly $16 billion in annual sales.    More

Image

Viking Plastics honored for employee relations

January 26, 2015 12:43 pm ET

Custom injection molder Viking Plastics has won DevelopErie’s 2014 Employer of the Year Award for manufacturing in the Erie, Pa., region.    More

Image

Continental builds low-emission interior trim factory in China

January 26, 2015 12:33 pm ET

Benecke-Kaliko AG is making the largest investment in its history to build an environmentally friendly auto interior trim plant in China, prompted by ...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Automotive: Innovation & Emerging Trends

This special report newly released by PN and sponsored by The Conair Group examines current trends in the use of plastics in automotive, materials innovations and the changing landscape. It includes a review of legislative/regulatory activity impacting vehicle development and lightweighting, market opportunities & challenges for mold and toolmakers, innovative design strategies being implemented by major OEMs and suppliers, as well as a review of key indicators in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

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