Omega Tool Inc., a plastic toolmaker and mold maker in Menomonee Falls, Wis., plans to double the size of its plant by the end of the year. Sales engineer Don Rabe said the plant will be expanded from 16,000 square feet to 33,000 square feet, and five new machines lines will be added: a fitting press, vertical machining center, surface grinder, drill machine, and computer numerically controlled, wire electric discharge machine.
``This is part of our efforts to rethink the way we grow our business,'' Rabe said. ``We want to expand the capabilities of the company across the spectrum of what we do.''
The expansion also will see Omega's work force swell from 35 up to 50 workers, including five qualified mold designers, and will improve its delivery and design time. Omega builds a range of steel and aluminum molds for the plastic injection molding industry, and has a full design and engineering capability.
Guttenberg Industries adding printing
Guttenburg Industries Inc. is adding printing to the stable of manufacturing processes it can do.
Vice President Donald Overman said the Guttenberg, Iowa- based injection molder is adding a pad printer to its Garnavillo, Iowa, plant this month. The company operates 25 injection molding lines in its Guttenberg and Garnavillo facilities, but also does hot stamping, plating, and mold building and design.
Guttenberg makes parts for the electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical, personal-care and machine industries, and does mold making and maintenance.He said the printer will make it possible to do in-mold printing for the firm's products.
More lines, products planned for Apex
Apex Plastics Inc. of Brookfield, Mo., plans to add two molding lines to its plant at Taylor, Texas, by the end of the year.
Apex is the blow molding division of Plastic Cos. Enterprises Inc., a Lincoln, Neb., holding company. Apex will be adding two new containers to its stock line of plastic bottles by year's end as well, according to W. Marvin Ellington, sales manager.``We bought the Taylor facility about a year ago,'' he said. ``And we would like to fill it to capacity with work and production lines.''
The units to be added are Hayssen double-head bottle machines. They will bring to four the number of lines at the plant.
The company makes a range of custom and stock blow molded products. It will add a 16-ounce fluid cylinder and a 32- ounce oblong, high density polyethylene oil bottle as the new products.