Proper Mold & Engineering Inc. of Warren, Mich., has chosen Anderson County, S.C., as the site for the company's new unit. Construction on the 28,800-square-foot plant will begin in the first quarter, with a scheduled July opening. Officials would not comment on the cost. The venture is Proper Mold's first outside Michigan.
Tom Ruczynski, Proper Mold's vice president of sales and marketing, said Proper Mold chose South Carolina to better serve its customer base in the region, particularly those companies in the automotive industry.
Initially, Proper Mold will offer mold maintenance and repair capabilities at the new facility; however, the company plans to build molds and offer rapid prototyping and mold sampling services, as its Michigan plants do.
The facility will have overhead crane capacity of 30 tons to handle the large molds in which the company specializes. It also will have spotting press capacity of 71/2 feet by 10 feet. The Michigan and South Carolina plants will be linked with an ISDN datalink teleconferencing system.
The plant will be staffed with a core group of five associates with expertise in computer-aided design and manufacturing, computer numerically controlled operation, benching/spotting and mold manufacturing from the Michigan facility.
Proper Mold plans to train an additional 10-15 workers through an apprenticeship program.
Ruczynski said the firm's five-year projection calls for a total of 50 workers in South Carolina.
Proper Mold operates two mold-making facilities in Warren, one specializing in smaller molds for presses with up to 500 tons of clamping force, and another specializing in building molds for presses with up to 3,500 tons of clamping force.
Another division, Interplas Molding, is the company's mold qualification and sampling facility. That facility, also in Warren, has five presses with 50-1,500 tons of clamping force.
Proper Mold, established in 1971, serves the automotive, consumer, aerospace and housewares industries. It employs 220.