Allsop Inc. will complete construction in June of a 77,000-square-foot facility that will become its primary U.S. distribution center and a site to expand capabilities for thermoplastic injection molding. ``We anticipate hiring 50 employees within the first year,'' said Kevin Moore, who will become general manager of the new facility in Laramie, Wyo.
Moore now is chief operating officer for Allsop in Bellingham, Wash., where the company owns a 50,000-square-foot facility and leases a 30,000 square feet that will be vacated soon.
Allsop, which employs 160, molds and assembles consumer electronics and computer accessories distributed through retailers. Eighteen injection presses in Bellingham have clamping forces of 80-400 tons and, annually, process about 1 million pounds of high-impact polystyrene and 250,000 pounds of polypropylene.
In establishing its new facility, Allsop will move two 220-ton presses from Bellingham and will acquire and install two Cincinnati Milacon presses of 440 and 300 tons. Plans call for an 11,000-square-foot mezzanine and about 7,000 square feet for offices, a lunchroom and restrooms.
Eventually, ``we could have as many as 32 injection molding machines in Laramie,'' Moore said. AEC Inc. will supply a 150-ton cooling tower.
Moore said the distribution center will make extensive use of robotics and automated tracking and shipping systems. Allsop expects the Laramie center to cut two days from its customer shipping cycles.
For now, Bellingham will retain sales, marketing, research and development, accounting and most small parts manufacturing. Allsop produces cleaners for cassette decks, compact discs and videocassette recorders, and makes computer disk storage systems and accessories and consumer point-of-sale merchandising packages.
Allsop acquired an 81/2-acre parcel for the new operation and, long term, could launch a second expansion as large as 90,000 square feet.
Allsop has discussed the location with Bob Boysen of the Laramie Economic Development Corp. since 1993.
President Ivor Allsop formed the manufacturing business ``as one man tinkering in his garage'' in 1965. Sons Jim and Mike Allsop serve as vice presidents. The company holds more than 450 patents worldwide and has licensed certain technologies to Ryan Plastics Ireland in Water-ford, Ireland. Ryan operates eight presses, with clamping forces of 50-200 tons.