LAKE WALES, FLA. - Dura-Cast Products Inc. of Lake Wales has filled a 2,000-square-foot addition at the second of its two buildings with a new, three-arm, 60-inch swing carousel rotomolding ma-chine, general manager Michael Putt said. Dura-Cast, with 22 employees and $1.8 million in 1995 sales, markets to the marine and agricultural industries.
Putt said the new machine is expected to increase the company's annual throughput, now about 720,000 pounds per year of low and high density polyethylene.
Some more rigid grades of PE used by the company are cross-linked, Putt said.
The new machine will mold products for the agricultural industry, which is the industry largely served by the second facility, he said.
``We've seen a steady increase in the smaller-sized product, and for the custom work that this machine's ideal for,'' he said.
Poly Processing Co. upgrades equipment
MONROE, LA. - The three-arm, high-speed carousel rotomolding machine Poly Processing Co. had in its French Camp, Calif., plant has been upgraded and is in operation at the firm's Winchester, Va., facility.
Gary Bias, general manager of the Winchester plant, said the company increased the sophistication of the machine's electronic controls to improve its running of small to midrange custom rotomolded products. The machine can process shots of 300 pounds of plastics for rotomolded tanks in the agricultural and industrial markets, he said.
Open since 1985 and employing 30, the 32,000-square-foot Win-chester operation is the smallest of the three Poly Processing plants, but is equipped with a large-capacity oven - engineered and designed on-site - capable of curing 10-foot-by-12-foot objects, Bias said.
Poly Processing reported 1995 rotomolding sales of $31 million, up from $29.8 million in 1994. The firms ranks ninth in in 1995, while the firm continues to expand its customer base, Fitterer said.
Poly Processing is a subsidiary of the privately held Abell Corp. Both Poly Processing and its parent are based in Monroe.
A new rotomolding machine in California, replacing the equipment sent to Virginia, is the largest of any in the three Poly Processing facilities. Tanks with capacities as large as 16,400 gallons are molded there, Bias said.
Second largest is at the headquarters plant in Monroe, where tanks of up to 12,000-gallon capacities are rotomolded for argicultural and commercial uses.
Excel Rotomold adds foam-filled molding
PUYALLUP, WASH. - Excel Rotomold INc. has added foam-filled molding to its specialty lineup of custom rotomolded products as it grows to reach demands of ins niche market - custom rotomolding, said Andrew Fitterer, president.
The Puyallup-based companyalso manufactures toys, lawn and garden products, adn food-processing containers.
Company sales are expected to increase to nearly $1 million this year, up from $780,000 in 1995, while the firm continues to expand its customer base, Fritterer said.
An increasing amount of work is custom-oriented, according to Fitterer.
``Proprietary items make up less than 1 percent of our product line,'' he said.
Fitterer said another increasing aspect of his business is its greater ability to perform secondary services, including assembly and drop shipping.
Assembly and shipping ``shifts the cost to us, but doing that is less expensive than customers having to ship products back and forth to themselves,'' Fitterer said.
Excel, which employs 14, is the only custom rotomolder in the Seattle market, according to Fitterer.