FORT COLLINS, COLO. - Value Plastics Inc., a proprietary maker of miniature plastic fittings for the medical industry, completed its move Feb. 20 to a newly built facility in Fort Collins. The building has more than 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space, more than double the space at the firm's former, 18,000-square-foot plant, also in Fort Collins. It houses 36 all-electric injection molding presses from Cincinnati Milacron Inc. in a Class 100,000 clean room. Eight more all-electric presses recently purchased from Milacron are scheduled for delivery in the next several weeks.
The company did not disclose the cost of the project.
Value spokeswoman Vicki Rainsberger said the company plans to sell eight older, hydraulic presses it had been using.
``The new electric presses offer us cleaner molding conditions that our products require,'' she said.
The company's products include barbed, luer and threaded fittings in a variety of configurations in nylon, polypropylene, polycarbonate, radiation-stable polycarbonate and polyvinylidene fluoride. With the larger plant, Rainsberger said Value plans to expand its product lines to include a quick-disconnect line with a swivel feature and a new manifold.
The company recently named Curt Benger as vice president of operations and Michael Rains-berger as vice president of production.
They have taken over the day-to-day operations from founders Richard and Gloria Sampson, who started Value 30 years ago in their basement.
The company has in-house mold-making and employs 30.