Tact Plastics Inc., a small custom injection molder in Newark, Ohio, has opened a second plant, in Shelby N.C. The Shelby operation is called Plastics USA.
Tact Plastics acquired the building in October from Lan-caster Colony, Tact President Glen Smith said. Production has begun there with seven injection molding machines, three relocated from Tact's Ohio headquarters and four presses, used HPMs and Van Dorns, that Tact purchased for the North Carolina operation.
Within the first year, Tact expects the 50,000-square-foot factory to employ between 35-50 people.
Tact Plastics had sales of $2.8 million in its fiscal year ended Oct. 30.
The new plant was prompted by growth in Newark and the relocation of some customers to the Southeast.
``We had really tapped out here in terms of space, and our business is really split 50-50 between the Midwest and South,'' Smith said.
Tact Plastics has invested more than $1 million in the new plant, which is located near interstates 85, 40 and 77 in southwestern North Carolina. It has a rail connection.
Markets served by Tact Plastics include electrical/electronic, plumbing, consumer products and recreational products.
Companywide, Tact Plastics runs 21 injection molding machines, with clamping forces from 35-350 tons.
Heading the North Carolina plant is Douglas Gordon, Plastics USA vice president. Gordon will direct the plant's ISO 9000 certification process later this year.