PHOENIX-The Phoenix Plastics division of Saranda Corp. announced a change in management at its Phoenix injection molding plant. Bedros Demirdjian has been named president and chief operating officer of Saranda, replacing Raymond Zuckerman, who left the company to start a private engineering consulting firm.
As Saranda president, Demirdjian oversees day-to-day operations of Phoenix Plastics.
Gary Oakland, chairman and chief executive officer, said the change should help the company ``accomplish its growth goals planned for the next several years.''
Demirdjian has 27 years of experience in the plastics industry, and for the past 12 years managed a manufacturing plant for Mallinckrodt Medical Devices in Carlsbad, Calif.
Oakland said that although Phoenix Plastics has had some hurdles to overcome in the past few years, it ``has built a very strong balance sheet and improved its profitability.''
Oakland expects 1995 sales of $4.5 million to $5 million.
``We've also had some debt to retire,'' he said, ``including the buyout of the estate of Bill Polston.'' Polston, former partner and president of Saranda, died five years ago in an accident.
Growth has come mainly from the firm's custom molding business, Oakland said, but Phoenix Plastics also molds a proprietary line of photographic supplies, media storage and photo development equipment under the Yankee Photo Products label.
Recently the company added three clean room areas-Class 100, Class 1,000 and Class 10,000-in which it molds small, tight-tolerance medical and electronic parts through its Microplastix division.
Phoenix Plastics serves the electronics and electrical industries with molded housings and enclosures, and is approved by Underwriters Laboratory Inc. The firm also provides a variety of secondary operations such as assembly and in-house mold making.
Demirdjian said he will add state-of-the-art equipment to ``improve service and increase efficiencies.''
Oakland said the company plans to add six Toshiba injection molding machines, two this year. Currently Phoenix Plastics operates 10 presses with 15-390 tons of clamping force, in a 25,000-square-foot plant, and employs 40.