Macro Plastics, a Fairfield, Calif.,-based injection molding firm, is expanding by adding plants in Yakima, Wash., and Winchester, Va. Macro injection molds ultra-large containers of all kinds, mainly for agriculture, said President Rob Heywood. The company's presses in Fairfield are 1,800 and 6,000 tons. Although it is a highly automated plant, there are 44 employees.
``We're an established business, though Macro is a young company,'' said Heywood. ``We're growing fast and need increased capacity so we feel we can expand.''
Macro has customers in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Construction for the 30,000-square-foot Yakima plant will begin in early June and it will be operational in January 1997. The company has purchased 31 acres for the plant. Macro will invest about $14 million, including the cost of leasing equipment.
Phase one in Yakima involves the installation of one injection molding machine with a clamping force of 6,000 tons. In addition, the firm will hire 25 employees. Phase two will see the addition of another injection press in 1998 and five to 10 employees.
Macro will start some work next year on the Winchester plant and have it established in 1997, Heywood said. The plant, though in the planning stages, will be 27,000 square feet. The company will use eight of its 16 acres there for a storage yard.
``Because our products are so big, and we have small plant facilities, we have huge storage areas outside the plants,'' Heywood added.
Heywood said several new products are coming next year. These will serve the retail distribution and industrial markets as well as the consumer durables field.