Tru-Mension Manufacturing Inc. is building a 20,000-square-foot headquarters plant in Titusville, Fla., just blocks from its present home, to accommodate new business. The company will gain 5,000 square feet when it moves in June, said Tru-Mension President Marc Fisher. The new plant represents an investment of about $500,000, he said in an April 12 telephone interview.
Tru-Mension's business is split between plastic and metal products, with injection molded plastic parts making up the larger part - about $1.8 million of its total $2.6 million in sales last year, Fisher said.
The company began making metal electronics enclosures in 1986, but within a year expanded into custom molding plastic parts. Its niche is still in plastic and metal electronic enclosures for various components, and in electronic shielding, which, in some cases, is designed right into the part, he said.
Many of Tru-Mension's customers came to know about the firm through its shielding expertise. But, Fisher noted, ``We have a lot of customers that are not electronics.''
In fact, its products run the gamut, for markets that include computers and business machines, telecommunications, construction, recreation, aerospace and marine. Jobs range from one-of-a-kind items - such as plastic hair curlers for a local salon owner, and launch-pad control-panel replacement parts for the space program - to full production runs. The company has a sizable contract with an unidentified customer to injection mold ABS video game cartridges. Besides ABS, the company works with nylon, glass-filled plastics and a range of engineered resins.
Tru-Mension has grown, in part, with its customers' needs, said Fisher. The new plant can be expanded to 30,000 square feet, he said.
The two-part business gives the company greater financial security, and its customers added value, he said.
``If one business goes down a little bit, I don't suffer as much as guys with one business.
``Because I have two busi-nesses, I can afford to have toolmakers on site to do mold build and mold maintenance.''
That capability lets the company take some customers from prototyping through production, all in one house. After the move, Fisher said the firm will add services for some customers, such as electronic assembly and subassembly.
Tru-Mension operates two 100-ton Stokes vertical insert presses, a 225-ton Natco injection press and five 150-tonners - four Toshibas and one Newbury. The company is ``about halfway down the road to ISO 9002,'' Fisher said, adding that it should be certified by year's end.
Fisher, along with brothers-in-law Walt and Richard Koch, runs the firm.