Remcon Plastics Inc., a Read-ing, Pa., rotational molding firm, is adding structural foam to diversify its molding processes. ``We had developed a few proprietary products that were molded in structural foam and had been subcontracting them out,'' said President Peter Connors.
``It's a nice addition to our rotomolding because it has good material-handling capabilities,'' he added. ``We've also recognized that there seems to be a growing customer base and it's not being adequately served in our geographic region.''
Remcon will begin with two used pieces of equipment for its structural foam production - a Wilmington 500-ton dual-clamp unit with a 16-pound shot capacity, and a Battenfeld 960-ton ma-chine with a 26-pound shot capacity. Connors said the shot capacities on both machines will be in-creased to 30 and 50 pounds, re-spectively. The machines should be installed by early July.
This equipment will be put into a 58,000-square-foot facility. The structural foam plant is ``about 200 yards away from our rotomolding plant,'' Connors said. Total investment in the building and equipment will be about $1.5 million. The firm will add 10 employees.
``We hope to add a structural foam machine every year for two more years,'' Connors said.
Besides expanding its proprietary line of pallets, bins and barricades, Remcon will custom mold for original equipment manufacturers.
The company, started 14 years ago, will continue its rotomolding operations. Remcon has eight rotational molding machines and 96 employees. The largest product made by rotational molding is 131/2 feet long, according to Connors.
The firm's proprietary rotomolded products include large bins and hoppers. Remcon also does custom rotomolding. Rem-con was No. 18 in Plastics News' 1995 ranking of North American rotational molders, with sales of $10.2 million.