TEMPE, ARIZ. - After 24 years at the same plant in Tempe, Tech Plastics Inc. is moving to a new location nearby. Tech Plastics leased a 67,000-square-foot building that formerly housed Maidware Corp.'s molding operations until that plant closed last summer. The building now will house a 7,000-square-foot assembly area, and a 20,000-square-foot, Class 100,000 clean-room molding area with 30 injection molding presses.
President Mark Palmer said the move was necessitated by a major program that required the company to expand its molding capacity and other capabilities. It also will allow the firm to consolidate operations from two smaller buildings into one large facility.
Currently, Tech Plastics operates 25 presses with clamping forces ranging from 75-500 tons. The plant eventually will house 35 presses, Palmer said.
The company plans to take possession of the building May 1; however, it is adding 10,000 square feet of office space. Other tenant improvements such as equipment to create the clean room also are due to be completed before the company moves in on Aug. 1.
The firm employs 130, but plans to increase that to 150 by year's end. It serves several markets including the medical, electronics and automotive industries.
Tech Plastics, founded in 1967 by Steve Uhlmann, provided the basis for what is now Tech Group, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. It has operations in the United States, Puerto Rico and Singapore.