Heinke Technology Inc. of Lincoln, Neb., is expanding its clean room and adding injection molding machines. HTI is investing about $700,000 in a new machine and an additional 2,200 square feet. The addition will enlarge the company's clean room and white room molding and assembly areas, and will be complete by the end of the third quarter.
The current clean room areas are 1,800 square feet.
Because of an increase in the company's medical and pharmaceutical business, HTI will add a 300-ton press and plans to add a 180-ton press by the end of the year, bringing the total to 15 injection presses.
The medical products are made out of high, low and linear low density polyethylene, and poly-propylene.
HTI has upgraded its computer-aided design department and staff by adding a CAD designer and a quality assurance person. HTI has 70 employees.
``HTI does the tooling from beginning to end - design, build and run,'' said Randy Wooley, director of sales and marketing.
Wooley also said HTI's main thrust is in pharmaceutical packaging, but the company would like to get more business in the disposable medical market.
HTI's business is 60 percent proprietary and is looking to enlarge that percentage with the purchase of a product line or mold from a company with a proprietary item, preferably one in the medical/pharmaceutical in-dustry.
HTI is a subsidiary of Plastic Cos. Enterprises of Lincoln.
PCE bought HTI in April 1995 and also owns Apex Plastics of Brookfield, Mo., a blow molding company that focuses on specialty-size bottles. PCE may buy another plastics company within the area to complement the other companies.