COLUMBIANA, OHIO—Century Container Corp., a Columbiana injection molder, has completed an expansion and renovation started 18 months ago, and plans to start construction on a warehouse. The company invested about $2.5 million in the expansion, which included adding three injection presses and renovating and restoring the building. Century's plant is 20,000 square feet and houses seven presses, with clamping forces of 500-700 tons.
The company employs about 45.
Century molds for the container and closure industries. Origi-nally, it molded and packaged 1-to 6-gallon, high density polyethylene, open-head industrial pails and lids for a sister company.
``We figured, if we can make pails for ourselves and ship them all over the country, we could sell them to others,'' said Mark Brothers, vice president of operations.
An automatic system is being installed. Robots will catch the parts in a central processing area. An automatic sending line will wrap and send the parts to the loading area.
The company plans to construct a $750,000, 24,000-square-foot warehouse in the next two months, and potentially add six to eight injection presses.
Century reported sales of $6.1 million for the fiscal year ended March 31.