CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - MSI Mold Builders, based in Cedar Rapids, recently broke ground for a 12,000-square-foot addition to its 20,000-square-foot plant. Estimated cost of the building and new equipment is $1.5 million, according to President Roger Klouda.
The addition will accommodate new operations, including mold repair and large mold tryout, Klouda said.
The company is in the market for an injection molding machine with 1,000 tons of clamping force, which Klouda said will accommodate up to 50 percent of all the molds the company builds.
The company concentrates on building large injection, structural foam and reaction injection molding tooling of up to 30,000 pounds.
Klouda emphasized that he will not accept any custom molding work.
``I'm not interested nor do I have the desire to get into custom molding and I won't compete with any of our custom molding customers,'' Klouda said.
Completion of the addition is scheduled for June 1.
MSI also has a facility in Bentonville, Ark., and employs 60 companywide.
Pro-Mold expands with new building
SCHAUMBURG, ILL. - Pro-Mold Inc. of Schaumburg recently purchased three acres of land on which it plans to build a 30,000-square-foot mold-making facility at an estimated cost of $2 million.
President Walter Schaub said the new building will double its floor space and give the company room to expand its capabilities. The company plans to add a wire electric discharge machine and a coordinate measuring machine.
Schaub said the company has outgrown its present location and also is renting two smaller buildings for steel storage and to house its model-building shop. He plans to be in the new building by Nov. 1.
Last year the company spent nearly $100,000 in technology upgrades, including upgrading its computer numerically controlled machining capability to cut steel at a rate of 200 inches per minute or faster. Pro-Mold also upgraded its EDM equipment.
Pro-Mold designs and builds injection molds of up to 20,000 pounds and die cast dies, and employs 40.