The Thermotech division of Menasha Corp. is in the final stage of completing a 55,000-square-foot addition to its Hopkins, Minn., custom injection molding facility. The company plans to move in August.
Thermotech general manager Robert Radunz said the expansion brings the Minnesota operation to 150,000 square feet of manufacturing, office and warehouse space. The company also is renovating existing space that is scheduled for completion in late fall.
The company will consolidate its administrative offices, now located in three different buildings, on two floors in the new building, Radunz said.
There is no plan to add new equipment.
``We consistently bring in 10 new molding presses a year, but most of those replace older equipment,'' he said. ``The addition was not for immediate expansion of equipment but to decongest a very congested manufacturing area.''
Thermotech runs about 90 injection molding machines at the Hopkins plant, with clamping forces of 50-440 tons. The company operates a plant in St. Petersburg, Fla., which has thermoset and thermoplastic molding capabilities, and another in Monson, Mass.
The Hopkins plant offers two, Class 100,000 clean room areas for its medical molding applications. The Monson plant has a paint line as part of its secondary operations.
Thermotech operates 145 injection presses and employs 625 companywide. It serves primarily the automotive, electronic, electrical and medical industries with its full-service operations.
Thermotech placed No. 62 in Plastics News' 1995 ranking of North America's largest injection molders, with sales last year of $58.9 million.