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Massachusetts toolmaker continues expansions

By: Kerri Jansen

February 25, 2014

Custom mold-making and design company Built-Rite Tool & Die Inc. has added new capabilities to its Lancaster, Mass., manufacturing facility. The expansion includes a new clean room for molded medical products and the purchase of four new machines: two compression molding machines for thermoset plastics, an injection molding machine and a liquid silicone press, the company said.

Built-Rite, which is based in Lancaster, builds and repairs molds for injection, compression and transfer molding as well as liquid injection of silicone rubber. It operates two molding divisions, Reliance Engineering and LSR Engineering. The company provides products for the medical, electronics and defense industries.

Built-Rite has executed a series of expansions in recent years, said Andy Samoiloff, Built-Rite’s vice president. Two years ago the company expanded its tool room, following an earlier renovation that doubled the size of its molding facility. This latest round of expansions represents an investment of around a half-million dollars, Samoiloff said.

The company reported a 12 percent sales increase in 2013. Samoiloff credits good marketing and a wide range of offerings for the company’s continued growth.

“There aren’t many companies that offer all of the services that we have,” Samoiloff said. “… So somebody comes to us, and if we decide the best thing for you is not an injection molded ABS cover, but maybe a different type of material, it’s probably something that we offer. So we don’t steer them into what we do, we steer them into what’s best for them.”

New office areas and an expanded shipping and receiving area were also added for a total footprint of around 45,000 square feet, Samoiloff said. The expansion is expected to be completed in 2-3 months.