CORONA, CALIF. - Campbell Plastics Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. has built a 39,000-square-foot headquarters plant in Corona. The $1.5 million plant, which is about a mile from Campbell's former, leased facility, doubles the injection molder's manufacturing and tooling area, said sales manager Mark Paulson. The firm moved July 15.
``It was a good time to build a building, with the way the market was,'' Paulson said. ``Also we needed additional space. And our lease was coming up.''
Since the move, Campbell has fortified its tooling capabilities with a new, computer numerically controlled milling machine and a wet grinder, and soon will add an overhead crane for mold setup, he said. It operates eight injection and insert presses and employs 40, making parts for off-road trucks, commercial aircraft, consumer products and medical equipment, for customers that include Baxter Healthcare Inc. of Deerfield, Ill., and St. Louis-based McDonnell Douglas Corp.
Recently Campbell converted two Nissei machines to run batch silicone to mold gas-mask components for the U.S. Army. But it is pursuing other applications for that process, he said. The new plant has space for 10 more molding machines. Richard Campbell is the firm's owner and president.