Casco Plastic Tooling Co. expanded its extrusion capacity and relocated to Chesterfield Township, Mich., near Detroit, from Warren, Mich., in mid-May. The firm bought three profile extrusion lines and related equipment from various suppliers for about $210,000 to handle new business, mainly for automobile components, said Jim Schoonover, Casco's vice president of manufacturing. It had two extrusion production lines and three lines for prototype and development work.
Schoonover said new business includes extruding automobile door window frame profiles and applying fabric floc in the die during extrusion. He claimed the in-die floc process cuts production costs by about two-thirds vs. standard technology of gluing floc to a profile after extrusion. Floc-coated profiles maintain a weather-resistant seal between movable door windows and frames.
Casco makes specialty profiles such as bilaminate extrusion of plastic onto a metal profile. It also has two injection presses with clamping forces of 75 and 175 tons for insert and other molding of automobile parts and nonautomobile components.
Schoonover said in a telephone interview that his company mainly supplies profiles to Tier 2 suppliers to Detroit's Big Three automakers. It also develops extrusion dies for the major automakers. He expects sales to reach $3 million this year, compared with about $2 million in 1994.
Casco began leasing a 23,000-square-foot facility in May after moving from its former 13,000-square-foot plant. Schoonover said the extra extrusion capacity should reduce lead times for its prototype tool development.