TEMPE, ARIZ. - When Cyndi Jensen started her Tempe injection molding company 18 months ago, even she wasn't sure she would make it in the business. ``I said I'd give it a year and if it wasn't going good by then I'd quit,'' she said.
Not only has she not quit, she recently bought four new Mitsubishi injection molding presses, two with clamping forces of 90 tons, one with 150 and one with 180 tons.
She still uses the older-model, 180-ton Kawaguchi that she has had since she started CynTech Inc., and she plans to add a 210-ton machine during the third quarter of this year to help her meet the requirements of a new job she recently landed.
Jensen began her plastics career as a receptionist at another custom molding facility in Phoenix where, during the course of several years, she did the accounting, material purchasing and production scheduling.
When that company ran into complications, Jensen left to look for work in the industry. Nothing panned out.
``I decided if I was going to make my mortgage payment, I'd better do something quick,'' she said in an interview last month in Tempe.
She knew people who needed molding work, and she knew where she could pick up a used machine. She began pounding on doors looking for work.
Today Jensen, along with her husband, Bob, who has been forced into the plastics industry by default, operate CynTech in a 5,000-square-foot facility. In January, the company put in a quality-control lab.
CynTech primarily serves the swimming pool and recreational industries, and takes overflow work from other area molders. A new chiller is being installed to accommodate the increased load from the four new presses.
Does it take any special know-how to be an injection molder? Jensen has attended the Mitsubishi school and knows how to program the process controllers on the new machines.
``I never processed parts until I got my own press,'' she said. ``Besides, most of this business is just plain common sense.''