Heeding a call for more mold shops in Mississippi, AllTech Mold & Tool Inc. recently opened a facility in the Central Mississippi Industrial Center near Jackson. Michael Flesher, assistant vice president and general manager, said that with more than 125 plastics processors in the state, about half of them located within a 100-mile radius of Jackson, there is an adequate customer base for the new company.
A group of six investors started AllTech, including Flesher, who formerly worked at the University of Southern Mississippi in its polymer science department, and Roger Hester, president of AllTech and former department chair of USM's polymer science department.
Flesher said the primary impetus for the new firm was a survey by James Hemphill, a retired plastics industry executive now active in establishing training and apprenticeship programs for the industry in Mississippi.
Hemphill's survey showed that the majority of new mold builds and mold repairs went to mold shops outside the state, causing the state to miss out on several million dollars in work annually.
Flesher said that since opening the facility in March, response to the new company has been fantastic. AllTech has managed to attract not only several major in-state plastics processors and automotive original equipment manufacturers, but some out-of-state work as well.
Currently, AllTech employs six mold makers, and Flesher said he hopes to increase that to 10 by the end of the year. AllTech offers four-axis computer numerically controlled milling and contouring, and four-axis CNC sinker electric discharge machining. This month, the firm will take delivery of a new wire EDM unit.
AllTech also offers grinding, manual milling, heat treating, welding, die stamping, specialty machining, and tool and die work such as jigs and fixtures.