Spectrum International Inc., a family-owned injection molder, has moved its entire manufacturing operation from New Jersey to Hanover Township, Pa., near Wilkes-Barre. The 125,000-square-foot plant sits on 11.7 acres. The 50-em-ployee firm completed the $3.5 million project in April.
``This is a very modern facility. We have total automation,'' said President Thomas Box. ``The plant and the injection presses are totally computerized.''
Spectrum has eight injection presses, with clamping forces of 700-2,500 tons. Box expects to add more in 1996 and 1997 but declined to reveal how many.
Box claims to be the inventor of plastic milk crates.
The company uses high density polyethylene and polypropylene to manufacture milk containers, curbside recycling containers and home office organizers that are sold in stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Staples and Sam's Club.
In addition, Spectrum makes poultry drawer systems used in transporting poultry from the farm to the processing plant.
``New Jersey was not a place for a manufacturing facility,'' Box said.
``[Wilkes-Barre] has good work ethics. The government incentives were excellent, the area is beautiful and nice to live in, and the savings are excellent.''
Spectrum has enough land to add 140,000 square feet of space to its building. The company plans to double its staff to 100 by 1998, according to Box.