CLEARFIELD, UTAH - Custom blow molder Quintex Corp. expanded its capabilities with the addition of a new H-121 machine from Bekum Plastics Machinery Inc. Quintex now operates six machines at its Clearfield molding facility. The new equipment is a continuous extrusion machine that shuttles the molds back and forth from the parison, thus shortening cycle times and increasing production efficiencies.
General Manager Mark Solden said all future equipment will be the continuous extrusion type. The company plans to add another four machines within the next year to meet increasing demand in the markets Quintex serves.
Those markets include the dairy industry, bicycle water bottles, bottles for household cleaners and the medical container industry, according to Solden.
Quintex processes four resins - high density polyethylene, PVC, polycarbonate and glycol-modified PET. The company plans an upgrade into clean-room molding to permit it to do medical containers used for syringe disposal.
Quintex also operates injection molding facilities in Nampa, Idaho, and Spokane, Wash. The Clearfield facility is the company's newest. It opened two years ago and began production 18 months ago.
President Dorothea Christian-sen said the company is investing heavily in the Clearfield plant because of the tremendous growth opportunities in the expanding Utah economy.
Quintex occupies 70,000 square feet in Clearfield and can expand into additional square footage as growth dictates. It offers silk screening and flame treating, and employs 25.
Quintex ranked 99th in Plastics News' 1994 survey of North American blow molders with related sales of $7 million. The company said 95 of its 250 employees were devoted to the blow molding sector.