Jaco Manufacturing Co. is expanding its tooling center and engineering department to accommodate growth in its fittings and custom molding divisions. The Berea, Ohio, firm plans to introduce a line of quick-connect fittings early next year to complement its existing fittings products, according to Susan Sexton, fittings division manager. She declined to give details on the new line.
Jaco in May moved its fittings division assembly and warehousing into a new 12,000-square-foot building in Berea. It kept fittings molding and other operations in its 72,000-square-foot facility nearby. Freed-up space in the latter building allowed Jaco to expand toolmaking activity with a recent $140,000 investment in new grinding and electric discharge machining equipment. Sexton said her firm also is adding more engineering and computer-aided design capability.
Jaco operates 72 injection presses at Berea, all of which it built in-house. It sells some of its presses to other molders on a limited basis, Sexton said in a telephone interview. Its custom molding division makes parts for automotive, plumbing, appliance, medical and other markets. It sells its existing fittings products, made of polypropylene, nylon, acetal and fluoropolymer, to chemical, water and other industries. Most of the fittings have a compression nut that Jaco attaches mechanically after a customer specifies a fitting/nut combination.
Sexton would not disclose sales for closely held Jaco. It employs about 145 workers, including more than 30 in the new fittings facility.