Norwesco Inc., a major rotational molder of tanks for agriculture, industry and septic systems, has begun production near Atlanta at its seventh plant, and officials already are planning the next one. Norwesco opened the 17,000-square-foot plant in Griffin, Ga., late last year. Fifteen employees run two, three-arm carousel rotomolding machines. President Tom Smith said Norwesco makes its own machines because it molds specialized products.
These tanks are big. The largest hold 12,000 gallons, stand 16 feet tall and measure 12 feet in diameter. The company makes agricultural and industrial tanks from 12-12,000 gallons and septic tanks from 300-500 gallons.
Smith said Norwesco has added capacity at a pace of about one factory a year. Because costs to ship the bulky tanks are high, the company seeks to locate plants in regions to serve a 500- to 600-mile radius, he said. The Georgia plant is its first in the southeastern United States.
Besides the new plant, Norwesco has operations at its headquarters in St. Bonifacius, Minn., near Minneapolis; Lancaster, Ohio; Shawnee, Okla.; Tooele, Utah; Sheldon, Iowa; and Winkler, Manitoba.
Although Norwesco claims to be the world's largest rotomolder to serve its markets, Smith declined to reveal sales. Trivest Inc. of Miami owns a majority stake in Norwesco.
He said Norwesco now is looking at locations around Binghamton, N.Y., for its next roto-molding facility. Plans call for building a plant that will begin production by year's end.
After that, officials want to build a plant on the West Coast, and then one in Mexico.
Mexico is already a major market for Norwesco's agricultural and septic tanks, Smith said.