I agree with most of Neil Milgram's Page 24, Oct. 7 Perspective ``Searching for injection molder?'' however, I take exception to the need for in-house mold-making facilities. Just as customers come to us for plastic molding needs, it has been my experience to find better service and response from tool and die shops.
When the job requires large-tonnage molding, I have several mold shops that specialize in large mold construction. Styrex also offers smaller tonnage molding, and I can take advantage of smaller shops with lower overhead and better pricing. Similarly, I can shop for prototype molds, aluminum molds, kersite molds, unscrewing and multicavity molds.
These variations have proven to be niche markets for various shops and hence I can offer better service to my customers.
I am sure there is a risk as to how many molds can be produced in-house vs. outside sourcing and keep a competitive burden overhead. Remember, mold makers and their equipment are expensive to have around if they are not kept busy.
Mr. Milgram also fails to mention the importance of engineering services. Proper functional knowledge of our customer's requirements and application leads to a better partnership.
Paul E. Krape
Styrex Industries Inc.
High Point, N.C
I was shocked to read your devastating editorial [Page 12, Oct. 14 ``Labor dispute hits industry reputation''] on Landis Plastics. We all know that during a union drive every attempt is made to discredit a company and its management. As a leading industry publication, your newspaper would therefore have been well-advised to take a more impartial stand.
Landis has been our customer for more than 30 years. During that time I have visited their plants many times and, while I am not qualified to comment on their printing operations, I can say with conviction that their injection molding facilities are among the finest in our industry. Their plants are clean, well-lit and the general working conditions reflect respect for their employees.
During the course of our dealings, Landis has not cut any corners on the safety of their injection molding equipment. They always have upgraded their machines to include the latest safety features. On many occasions, Landis volunteered suggestions to help us make our equipment safer.
Given the background, I am very disappointed in how you have handled this case. The circumstances would have called for a better opportunity for Landis to present their side of the story. One would also think that as a reputable newspaper you would have done some investigation, including a discussion with people in the industry who know Landis. Instead, you chose to declare them guilty without trial.
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.