HOWELL, MICH. - May & Scofield Inc. said it will add one or two horizontal injection molding machines within the next few months. Denny Chiesa, plant manager, said the Howell-based company plans to spend about $450,000 on the equipment and probably will not hire additional employees. May & Scofield bought the machines in response to an increased workload.
May & Scofield has plants in Howell and Gaylord, Mich., and Madison, S.D.
The company, which serves the automotive industry, employs 200 and reported injection molding sales of $16.5 million last year.
Ind. molder builds warehouse space
MISHAWAKA, IND. - Elco Textron Thermoplastics is adding 7,500 square feet of warehouse space to its Mishawaka plant to handle an increase in empty returnable gaylord containers.
Elco has invested $150,000 in the expansion, which will be complete June 1. The company has 70 injection molding machines, re-ported 1995 sales of $34 million and employs 285.
Elco serves the automotive industry, but also is focusing on other markets.
Lexalite upgrading molding equipment
CHARLEVOIX, MICH.-In the next 12 months, Lexalite International Corp. plans to replace as many as seven injection presses.
The Charlevoix company is budgeting $2 million to $3 million for the equipment. A plant in Charlevoix will receive three to four machines and a facility in Dickson, Tenn., will get two to three machines.
Lexalite has three plants in Charlevoix and one in Dickson. One of the Charlevoix plants is a new scientific center. The 25,000-square-foot center has Class 1,000 clean rooms.
Lexalite processes components such as reflectors for the industrial lighting market. The company has 250 employees and had sales of $30.5 million last year.
LM Group expands with two machines
STERLING HEIGHTS, MICH. - LM Group Inc. added two injection presses the first week of April.
The $40,000 investment allowed the Sterling Heights company to buy two new Cincinnati Milacron machines, with 150 and 400 tons of clamping force. LM Group originally had planned to purchase four older machines, but realized the same investment could be made on newer machines, the company said.
LM Group added two customers and its business doubled last year, said John Cochrain, plant manager. About 80 percent of its business is automotive. LM Group employs 80.
Lake County Sales gains new machine
ELYSIAN, MINN. - Lake Country Sales Inc. recently added a 50-ton injection press at its Waterville, Minn., plant.
The Elysian company invested $20,000 in the machine. With the increase in machinery, the firm hired three additional employees.
``This machine will help with the door and window market,'' said Tony Merchlewitz, vice president of operations.
Lake Country Sales has 48 employees and 12 injection presses. It serves the electrical, building and construction, appliance and consumer product markets.