Custom injection molder Omni Plastics Inc. in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., is continuing a $2.3 million expansion it began in September to accommodate rapid growth. Joe Plourde, vice president and general manager, said the company has installed four new presses and plans to have another five in place by June. That will bring Omni's total to 24, all Toyo and Van Dorn Demag, with clamping forces of 55-750 tons.
The company will expand its production area by leasing an off-site facility for storage and warehousing.
With the additional equipment in place, Omni plans to ramp up to a full, seven-day production schedule and add 20 employees. The company now employs 132, and operates in a 57,000-square-foot facility.
Plourde said Omni also has added high-speed, automated assembly and sonic welding equipment, and plans to add more to increase capacity in those operations. It is installing an automated tool storage racking system to increase floor space.
Seven months ago, Omni installed laser etching equipment, which it uses to mark plastic parts with logos, identification numbers or directions. The company also offers silk screening and pad printing.
Omni molds precision components for the health and fitness, pool and spa, computer and business machine, industrial controls, marine and recreation industries.
Omni has developed a program with its customers that allows Omni to reuse boxes and other packaging materials. Plourde said the program has been so successful that it is used for about 20 percent of all the parts produced at Omni.
``It saves money for everyone,'' Plourde said. ``But the customer has to be a full partner in that or it doesn't work.''