Del-Met Corp., an injection molding firm that specializes in automotive components, has opened a $6 million plant in Fayetteville, Tenn. The 50,000-square-foot plant has nine injection molding presses with clamping forces of 210-1,500 tons. Some 100 people are employed there.
``We wanted to be outside the metro area of Nashville and still close to the area for business and the airport,'' said Cecil Scott, vice president of operations.
Another consideration for the plant's location was being close to the Saturn Corp. plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., and the Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A. plant in Smyrna, Tenn. Del-Met designs and manufactures injection molded and decorated plastic parts exclusively for the automotive industry.
The Fayettville plant opened in May. The firm also has plants in Winchester and Portland, Tenn., and a technical center and corporate headquarters at Henderson-ville, Tenn.
Companywide, Del-Met has 36 presses with clamping forces of 75-1,500 tons, and employs 350.
The company molds parts from polypropylene, nylon, ABS, polycarbonate, and other resins. The company's other customers include Subaru, Toyota and Johnson Controls Inc.
Del-Met recently received General Motors' International Supplier of the Year award for the fourth consecutive year. It also achieved ISO 9001 and QS 9000 accreditation May 28.
Founded in 1946 in Walton, N.Y., Del-Met moved to Portland, Tenn., in 1985.