Miniature Precision Components Inc. recently installed injection molding capability at its Prairie du Chien, Wis., plant to handle the facility's molding needs. MPC's Walworth, Wis., headquarters plant has molded the small parts that Prairie du Chien assembles into automotive components.
MPC is making Prairie du Chien self-sufficient in molding and recently added 15 new presses, with clamping forces of 28-230 tons.
Jeff Lane, MPC's vice president of marketing, said his company spent about $1.5 million to add equipment and increase Prairie du Chien's space from 18,000 square feet to 33,000 square feet.
It spent about $1 million on molding equipment from undisclosed suppliers.
``Our business has been growing and we decided to add molding capacity at the assembly operation'' to improve MPC's product flow, Lane explained in a telephone interview from his company's Southfield, Mich., sales and technical center.
Prairie du Chien molds and assembles oil fill caps and various valves, including types for on-board diagnostic type II service assemblies. It uses a range of filled nylons.
The Walworth facility injection molds and assembles larger auto parts such as reservoirs, mainly made from polypropylene.
Miniature Precision customers include Detroit's Big Three automakers.
Lane said it also is trying to get Japanese transplant business.
MPC, a private company founded in 1972, had sales of more than $67 million last year, about 90 percent of which was automotive-related, Lane estimated.
Its other North American facility, Autopartes de Precision de Santana SA de CV in Santa Ana, Mexico, does some molding and specializes in nylon tube assemblies.
Its subsidiary MPC Europe Inc. has a sales office in Brentwood, England.