Century Die Co. has completed the first phase of a $3 million, five-year expansion plan with construction of a 12,000-square-foot building addition. The addition has doubled production capacity at the Fremont, Ohio, headquarters facility of the privately held mold maker. General manager Gary Bewley said the company has added both horizontal and vertical machining centers, as well.
``A lot of companies can't host a four-headed, high-speed vertical [computer numerically controlled] machining center with 20,000 [revolutions per minute] spindle range,'' he said.
Century, which employs 45, also is expanding its staff.
``We have added six people in the last 12 months,'' Bewley said.
The new hires include a project engineer, lead die-maker and a director of manufacturing development.
The company, founded in 1946, serves a number of unidentified customers in the blow molding industry, producing molds ``ranging from bottles to automotive to toys to packaging,'' according to Bewley.
Bewley said Century is ``looking at potential export markets'' and eventually ISO certification.
Bewley and project engineer Don Hoffman said the company employs a five-seat Unigraphics computer-aided design and manufacturing system, a custom in-house direct numerical tool system, and bar-code scanning.
The company will have progressed to a stand-alone rapid prototyping system by the end of its five-year strategic plan in the year 2000.
Century, which offers online computerized quoting, also has plans for a presence on the Internet.
The firm expects to have a site on the World Wide Web within the next month or so, Bewley said.
Company officials, who de-clined to disclose Century's annual sales, said the firm plans to restructure to reduce lead time and production costs through ``lights out'' manufacturing.
The company will exhibit in Booth 356 at Plastics Fair Chicago, to be held June 11-13 in Rosemont, Ill.