Riverside, Calif.-based Gold Shield Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of vehicle builder Fleet-wood Enterprises, recently purchased two rotational molding machines. The company claims it has matched its captive sales with revenue from outside custom work in the past 13 months. The firm would not disclose how much it invested in the new equipment.
The rotational molding and thermoforming firm will receive the first machine from STP Inc. of Montreal in the first week of August.
The second machine will arrive a month or two later. These 8-foot machines will join the three existing machines - one 18-foot and two 14-foot models. The firm also has four thermoformers.
Gold Shield employs 86 in a 100,000-square-foot facility. It custom molds for a variety of customers using linear low and medium density polyethylene, vinyl and metallocene-catalyzed resins.
The company rotomolds 50 percent of its parts and thermoforms the other half. It rotomolds holding tanks and thermoforms the dash, trim and instrument clusters and some exterior parts for parent Fleetwood's motor homes and travel trailers.
Now the company also makes road barriers, products for the military, shipping cases, parts for arcade games and a proprietary product for the water sports industry. It recently signed a contract to make kiosks for medical displays in drug stores.
``This is a very aggressive move forward, one which our parent company supports 100 percent,'' said Gold Shield production manager Tom Eckert.
With the increased capacity, the company expects several more major contracts and may expand its plant next year to accommodate more machinery.
Eckert said he expects rotomolding sales of about $5.5 million and thermoforming sales to reach about $2.5 million in 1996.