Texas Jacobson Co., a custom injection molder based in New Braunfels, Texas, is adding five new Van Dorn presses to its operation. Gordon Best, vice president and general manager for Texas Jacobson, said the company purchased two presses with 170 tons of clamping force, and one each with 650, 700 and 968 tons of clamping force.
The presses were added in response to demand for larger-tonnage machines in the southwestern United States.
Best said that when installation of the presses is complete by the end of January, the company will have a total of 35 presses, with up to 1,000 tons of clamping force, in its 118,000-square-foot facility. The company also plans to add presses during the second and third quarters of 1997.
A year ago, Texas Jacobson sold a parcel of land on its 24-acre site to Lightning Metal Special-ties, a metal stamping firm from Chicago that specializes in sheet metal chassis for computer housings.
The two companies formed a partnership in which each purchases parts from the other, then assembles the units for their customers.
Best said the partnership has ``been a good marriage'' because it allows the companies to provide value-added services, including just-in-time delivery.
Other expansion plans are in the works for 1997 and include the addition of a complete mold-building department. A plant layout plan is being completed and the company is obtaining bids for computer numerically controlled equipment.
Best said the company also is studying the feasibility of purchasing a 25-acre site across the interstate highway from the injection molding facility for a blow molding plant.
Texas Jacobson primarily serves the computer and office automation products industries. Best said the facility's growth can be attributed to significant expansion by two of its three major customers.
The company employs about 175, but Best said he expects that to go to nearly 200 by the end of this year.