Step2 Corp. plans to build a third rotational molding plant to meet demand for its most popular children's play products. The Streetsboro, Ohio, private firm will invest about $10 million in a 160,000-square-foot plant and equipment on a 100-acre site in Perrysville, Ohio. It expects to begin operating the facility by midsummer, according to spokeswoman Rebecca Wilson.
Step2 will install an undisclosed number of rotomolding lines to make the Combo Climber slide/playhouse, ride-on toys and other fast-growing products, Wilson said in a Feb. 15 telephone interview from the firm's showroom at the International Toy Fair in New York, where Step2 announced the expansion Feb. 13.
Wilson said the popularity of such toys fueled the firm's 50 percent sales growth last year to more than $60 million.
``We expect comparable growth in 1995,'' she said.
Step2's other plants, in Streetsboro and Twinsburg, Ohio, will continue to make the products as well.
Step2 officials would not dis-close the number of new rotomolding lines slated for Perrysville or currently operating at the two existing plants.
Streetsboro has 366,000 square feet of manufacturing space, and Twinsburg has 100,000 square feet.
The firm mainly processes linear low density polyethylene. It sources various blow molded and injection molded components from undisclosed molders in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The company was founded in 1991 by Thomas Murdough, president and chief executive officer, who earlier founded Little Tikes Co., headquartered in Hudson, Ohio. Step2 hired David Hissong, former plant manager for Little Tikes' Shippensburg, Pa., plant, as plant manager for Perrysville.
Hissong headed up the launch of Little Tikes' Shippensburg and Aurora, Mo., plants, according to Step2.
Perrysville will employ about 150. Step2 already employs more than 800.