JANESVILLE, WIS. - Custom thermoformer Prent Corp. recently purchased 6 acres in a Flagstaff, Ariz., industrial park, where it will build a 30,000-square-foot facility at a cost exceeding $1 million. Prent will relocate from leased space into the new facility and the plant will be operational by Nov. 15, according to Joseph Pregont, chair-man and chief executive officer of the Janesville-based company.
Pregont said he plans to add more thermoforming equipment and clean-room forming in the new Flagstaff facility to accommodate growth in the medical and electronics markets.
He declined to comment on the number of lines currently operated in Flagstaff or how many lines will be added in the new plant.
Prent, a light-gauge thermoformer, chose the Flagstaff site two years ago because of the area's business-friendly climate and ``good transportation available into the Southwest corridor of the United States,'' said Pregont.
``We're a very clean operation and Flagstaff is tough on who they let in,'' Pregont said. ``We fit nicely into their plans.''
Prent employs 50 in Flagstaff and plans to grow to 100 employees after starting operations in the new plant.
Companywide, Prent employs 500.
The company ranked 16th in Plastics News' 1995 survey of North American thermoformers with sales of $35 million.