ROGERS, ARK. - Structural foam molder FM Corp. built a 45,000-square-foot addition in late 1994 at its headquarters plant in Rogers. About 40,000 square feet of the expansion houses FM's entire molding operation. The firm is using the remainder for office space, a training room and lunch room. As part of the expansion, FM also bought a used Uniloy-Springfield structural foam machine, according to sales manager Richard Schowalter. The machine has a 90-pound shot capacity and 300 tons of clamping force.
Schowalter said the next major expansion at FM will be a new painting facility in late 1995 or early 1996.
Bryan Custom buys very large press
BRYAN, OHIO - Automotive molder Bryan Custom Plastics has ordered a 5,000-ton injection molding machine from Ube Industries (America) Inc.
Ube will deliver the machine about one year from its date of order, in early 1995, according to a Bryan Custom Plastics official. The machine will make large interior parts for the Ford Explorer. It will be the second 5,000-ton Ube for Bryan Custom Plastics, based in Bryan.
Erie Plastics grows with eitht presses
CORRY, PA.-The past year has been one of expansion at Erie Plastics Co., and now company officials are studying a second plant.
President Hoop Roche said the Corry-based molder spent about $2 million to buy eight Engel presses. Two machines, with 60 and 450 tons of clamping force, are running in Erie Plastics' research and development laboratory. Of the other six machines, which are being used for production, two have a clamping force of 300 tons and four have a clamping force of 450 tons.
Erie Plastics reported that custom molding sales grew to just more than $35 million in 1994, a 28 percent increase from $27.2 million the year before. Roche attributed much of the gain to new products for the company's two largest customers, Gillette Co. and Procter & Gamble Co.
Micordyne adding molding in Mexico
ONTARIO, CALIF. - Small-parts molder Microdyne Plastics Inc. will add injection molding capacity to its Mexican assembly plant later this year.
Right now, the 17,000-square-foot, 30-employee plant in Tecate does assembly and secondary work on parts shipped from Microdyne's headquarters plant in Ontario. Finished parts are sent to customers in Mexico, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, according to Michael Kirby, Microdyne account manager.
Kirby said the firm will add molding machines in Tecate in the third quarter or early fourth quarter of 1995, though it has yet to decide on the number or size of those machines. He said the firm also plans to install pad printing machines in the facility.
Microdyne had fiscal 1994 sales of $7.6 million, mostly from small, precision parts. The company molds those parts using tools with a large number of cavities on machines with clamping forces under 350 tons. The company also does blow molding. Its major markets are automotive, electronics and medical.
As a North American molder shipping parts to the Far East, Microdyne goes against the grain.
``We realize that we're one of the few molders to ship the other way,'' Kirby said.
Koller opens plant, enters new market
FENTON, MO.-Koller Enterprises Inc. has opened its second plastics plant, in Shawnee, Kan., and has added a new market - printed stadium cups.
Koller's molding division, Koller-Craft Plastic Products, is based in Fenton. A year ago, Koller bought the assets of USC Industries, including its plant that makes stadium cups and sports bottles under the Churchill Container brand name, according to President Al J. Koller Jr.
Koller has retained the Churchill name. The Shawnee plant runs 27 injection molding machines with clamping forces of 75-550 tons, Koller said.
RTC expands with injection machine
ST. PAUL, MINN.-RTC Inc., a toolmaker, custom and proprietary molder and assembly house, purchased a 500-ton Van Dorn Demag HT press in February.
RTC also received ISO 9002 registration Jan. 5. The St. Paul company uses robots to remove parts and perform assembly.
Techna-Plastics Inc. buys plant, machines
LEHIGHTON, PA. - Techna-Plastics Inc. has doubled its plant space and bought six used machines in the past six months.
Last December, the company bought a new, 36,000-square-foot building in its hometown ofLehighton, according to Ronald Mack, general manager. Techna-Plastics also bought seven used injection molding machines, most of them New Britains, to bring the company's total to 21, Mack said.