The Cashiers Plastics Division of Consolidated Metco Inc. is planning to invest nearly $12 million in a new plant in Bryson City, N.C., to make structural foam and injection molded plastic components for heavy-duty trucks. Cashiers Plastics plans to install more than 20 modified injection molding machines in an existing, 160,000-square-foot building in Bryson City, about 45 miles northwest of its headquarters plant in Cashiers, N.C. The new facility will be the second production site for Cashiers, a $16 million-a-year division of Portland, Ore.-based Consolidated Metco.
Ed Whitby, general manager of Cash-iers Plastics Division, said in a Jan. 18 telephone interview that the new facility will give his firm increased capacity to make dashboard, sleeper and other components for Class A trucks.
``The heavy-duty truck market is booming right now. They can't make enough trucks,'' he said.
The company makes components for Freightliner, Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks at its Cashiers plant, Whitby said.
Cashiers Plastics said its plans are contingent on its request for Industrial Revenue Bonds to help finance the project. If the state approves the bonds, the company expects to purchase the building in March, and to begin production there by the end of this year. The plant will employ 150 by the time it reaches full production in 1998, Whitby said.
He said the company plans to name Steve Norman plant manager. Norman, who also manages the company's plant in Cashiers, will succeed Whitby as general manager of Cashiers Plastics Division when Whitby retires later this year.