DALLAS - Center Line Mold & Tool, a growing manufacturer of plastic injection molds, has opened a satellite plant in Dallas and is considering several more. The Edinburgh, Ind., firm opened the Dallas plant four months ago, but plans to relocate in the city within 60 days, President Scott Bringle said Feb. 13 at Plastics Fair Dallas.
Center Line has about 35 employees, and plans to grow to 45-50 - an aggressive goal considering the shortage of qualified toolmakers.
Within the next 18 months, the company may open satellite offices in Alabama or the San Antonio area, Bringle said.
Each of the satellite offices will have five to 10 employees and computer numerically controlled toolmaking equipment.
Engineering work will continue to be done at the home office.
``We're doing it to broaden our customer base. Customers have an easier feeling if they're closer to their tooling supplier,'' he said.
Center Line's top markets are the automotive, computer, household products and wire harness industries.