Plastics Group Inc. is moving its Plastic Specialties Inc. business unit from three Troy, Mich., facilities to a single plant in Rochester Hills, Mich. The firm also will add more custom injection molding capacity after the move, which is slated to be done by May.
Plastics Group President Thurston Dean said the move will make Plastic Specialties more efficient and bring it closer to other firms in the group. It bought the 33,000-square-foot Rochester Hills facility for undisclosed terms.
Dean said Plastic Specialties will add a reconditioned, 700-ton Van Dorn and a 75-ton Newbury shuttle press after the relocation. Recently installed 700- and 1,000-ton Van Dorns bring Plastic Specialties' current press count to 26. Sister company Uni-Tech Plastics Inc., a Sterling Heights, Mich., prototype, tryout and short-run molder, has 10 presses.
Dean said in a telephone interview from his Rochester, Mich., head office that Plastics Group bought injection mold repair operation Mold Ser-vices Inc. about a year ago.
Plastics Group is folding its former Dynasty Mold and Prototype Inc. operation in Romeo, Mich., into Mold Services of Rochester and its Dynasty Mold and Engineering Inc. business in Rochester Hills. Dynasty Mold builds molds for its custom molding programs and for outside molders.
Plastics Group does more than half its sales in automotive markets, with appliances, business machines and various industrial parts accounting for the rest. Dean said total sales for the year ended June 30 were about $7 million, with Plastic Special-ties logging about $5.5 million of the total. Recent and planned moves will bring all the related companies to within nine miles of each other.