Flambeau Corp. plans another round of expansion for its Micro Division, which recently relocated to a larger facility in the Madison, Wis., area. The Baraboo, Wis., firm expects to add five or six more injection presses within six months at its new Micro facility in Sun Prairie, Wis., according to Bill Flint, vice president of sales and marketing for Flambeau Plastics. It probably will buy 150- to 200-ton Cincinnati Milacron and Engel presses in the $1.5 million expansion, he said in a telephone interview. New business and growing sales to existing customers prompted the plan.
The Micro Division finished construction of a 70,000-square-foot building last fall and added several presses shortly after it moved equipment from a 12,000-square-foot facility in Burke, Wis. It now has 31 presses with clamping forces of 25-155 tons.
Flint said the relocation, originally planned for spring 1995, was several months behind schedule because Flambeau decided to double the size of the new Micro plant. Its design allows another doubling in floor space to 140,000 square feet, but Flint had no timetable on further expansion.
Micro specializes in high-volume molding of precision components with wall thickness down to 0.03 inch and tolerances of ±0.001 inch. Flint cited examples such as engine parts for Mercury Marine, cellular phone components for Motorola and airbag sensor parts for Hamlin Inc. It mainly molds nylon, polycarbonate, polyester and other engineering compounds.
Flint said Flambeau spent $2.5 million on the new Micro building, relocation and support equipment using funds from a $7 million industrial revenue bond issue. It will invest the rest of the funds in new equipment and undisclosed other projects.
The Sun Prairie facility is highly automated at the presses and in downstream operations such as impression stamping, finishing and assembly. The division also upgraded quality-control technology, including installation of a computerized optical measurement system to keep defects below one part per million for critical-tolerance parts.
Flambeau was 50th in Plastics News' 1995 ranking of North American injection molders, with related sales of $73 million. The company also blow molds industrial parts.