SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Mon-trose Molders Corp. of South Plainfield is adding injection presses and will move into a 75,000-square-foot facility in August. The company will invest $2 million in machinery and renovations for the existing building, which it will lease. The move from its current 30-year-old, 18,000-square-foot plant will provide more space for offices, shipping and receiving, the tool room and for machinery.
The company recently added two Cincinnati Milacron ma-chines, and plans to add three more after the move, with clamping forces of 75-500 tons. It will have a total of 26.
Montrose will use 65,000 of the 75,000 square feet. The firm has 110 employees and does not foresee adding to its staff.
Montrose serves the medical, display, industrial and computer industries. It had 1995 sales of $8.9 million.
Injection molder enters extrusion
KEARNY, N.J. - Honeyware Inc., an injection molder in Kearny, now extrudes pipe for the housewares and hardware industries.
``It was more economical to do it,'' said Raymond Sheng, vice president of operations.
Honeyware won a new customer with a proprietary product line requiring extrusion. As well, an existing injection molding customer had been getting extruded pipe from an outside supplier and asked Honeyware to get into extrusion, Sheng said.
The firm has one extrusion line, with plans to add another by the end of the year. No new employees have been added. Sheng declined to reveal how much Honeyware invested.
The company also has purchased land next to its current facility to add a 20,000-square-foot warehouse. The addition will give the firm a total of 86,000 square feet.
As an injection molder, Honey-ware serves the retail, display and consumer products industries. It had sales last year of $6 million. The firm has 29 injection presses and employs 80.
Polyfab completes move, adds presses
SHEYBOYGAN, WIS.-Polyfab Corp., a Sheboygan-based injection molding firm, has completed its move into a new, $2 million, 45,000-square-foot facility.
The company began construction four blocks from its previous plant in January 1995. From November 1995 to March 1996, Polyfab operated out of both the old and new plants.
``We moved one press at a time so as to not disrupt our customers,'' said President Rick Gill. ``[The facility] is a lot more modern; we have air conditioning and a high-tech water cooling system that controls the temperature and pressure.''
Polyfab had ``completely filled'' its 22,000-square-foot plant, he said. By moving, the firm was able to add two injection presses, with clamping forces of 300 and 610 tons. It now has 16 presses with clamping forces of 50-700 tons. Five employees also were added; it now has 82. Polyfab serves the food-service, water cooler and child furniture industries.
OEM/Erie increases capabilities, staff
ERIE, PA. - OEM/Erie Inc. has added a gas-assisted injection molding machine and soon will add low-pressure injection molding technology.
The Erie company added the gas-assisted machine in February and will add the low pressure technology in the next month. The firm will spend about $900,000 on the new equipment and will add 15-20 employees for its daily, three-shift operation.
OEM/Erie serves the automotive industry. It has 14 injection presses and employs 185. It had sales of $25 million last year.
Thogus Products adding on to plant
AVON LAKE, OHIO - Thogus Products Co., an injection molding firm in Avon Lake, has added two presses and soon will break ground for a 2,000-square-foot addition to its plant.
The addition, which was to begin this month and take eight to 10 weeks to complete, will accommodate additional personnel. Thogus has increased its staff by 10 percent. The number of employees can range from 135-160 because of seasonal work.
The Van Dorn Demag injection presses were added in February and have clamping forces of 400 tons and 220 tons. Thogus has about 40 presses.
Thogus serves the agriculture, instrumentation, automotive and fluids industries. It also has a proprietary line of plastic hose and tube fittings that are distributed across the United States.
``We'd like to expand our representation in other markets in custom injection molding,'' said Jeff Westfall, director of sales and marketing. ``We'd like to get in neighboring states and in specialty markets that we have a niche in.''
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Custom injection molder Thermo-Cision Molded Products Inc. of East Hanover, N.J., recently added a 165-ton Cincinnati Milacron ACT injection press to its lineup.