DALLAS - A former vice president of processor supply house IMS Co., Kenneth Berger, has founded a competing company called Molders Choice Inc. Berger attended Plastics Fair Dallas to promote his new company, headquartered in a leased, 2,500-square-foot warehouse in Solon, Ohio. IMS is based in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Both cities are suburbs of Cleveland. Molders Choice did not exhibit in Dallas.
Molders Choice has formed alliances with suppliers, fabricators and machine shops to provide products for injection molding companies, Berger said. The company has its own Molders Choice brand of cleaners and mold-release agents.
Other products include injection nozzles and tips, fittings and manifolds and equipment such as conveyors, separators, grinders and sprue pickers.
Interviewed in Dallas, Berger said Molders Choice began operations in December. He touted the firm's order processing available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He said the company has 95 percent of its items in stock. An 80-page catalog is available.
Berger is company president. He founded Molders Choice with his brother, Mark Berger, who is sales manager, and Bob DuMound, who is vice president.
Kenneth and Mark Berger have more than 40 years of experience in plastic molding. They both grew up working at their father's Cleveland injection molder, Thermo Plastics Inc.
From 1975 to 1992, Kennethwas employed at IMS, where his last position was vice president.
He then went to injection press manufacturer Van Dorn Demag Corp. in Strongsville, Ohio, where he was a regional sales manager. He had worked as a quality control inspector at Van Dorn for two years before joining IMS.
``I'm leaving Van Dorn March 1 to dedicate full time to the new operation,'' he said.