BUTLER, WIS. - Molded Rubber & Plastic Corp. will spend $3 million to upgrade equipment and add injection molding capacity at its Butler plastics division during the next four years. The company also has acquired a 10,000-square-foot building next to its Butler headquarters, and plans to use the added space for offices and for classrooms to train employees on various projects, including ISO certification, said Thomas Brunner, president and owner. He said he has not decided whether MRP will expand manufacturing into the new facility.
``We've been in a tight space, so we grabbed it,'' Brunner said.
In Butler the company already has two plants, totaling 70,000 square feet, where it injection molds plastic and thermoplastic rubber components for the medical, consumer products and electronics markets.
Those plants also house thermoset rubber operations, and a press for injection molding liquid silicones, a capability it added 18 months ago.
Roughly one-third of MRP's $11 million in sales is plastics, Brunner said. It operates 12 injection presses, with clamping forces of 28-1,000 tons. In August, the company replaced two older machines with 120-ton and 250-ton Toshibas.
In 1921 MRP got its start making rubber buttons that could withstand being squeezed through a wringer washer without breaking.