Brownsville, Texas, custom injection molder Unique Molded Products will spend $3 million to establish a 40,000-square-foot molding facility in Douglas, Ariz., a border town south of Tucson. Vice President Bob Redfern said the company wants to expand its molding services to maquiladora operations along the border, and looked at several border communities before deciding on Douglas because of its proximity to Hermosillo, Mexico, where several large automotive manufacturers have plants.
Unique also serves the electronics and housewares industries.
Redfern said the plant will be similar to its Brownsville facility in scope and size, and will begin with 10 presses with clamping forces of 90-600 tons.
``We hope to be up to 20 presses within a year,'' he added.
The Brownsville plant now operates 20 presses, all Mitsu-bishi and Sandretto models, with clamping forces to 610 tons. The plant has been in operation there for seven years, and employs 100. It offers secondary operations such as pad printing and subassembly.
Initially, the company will hire about 25 people. That number will grow to about 100 as work is added. The plant is scheduled to open Sept. 1.