DENTON, TEXAS — Custom injection molder Hartzell Manufacturing Co. is building a Class 100,000 clean room facility in Denton to replace the plant it now leases there. The $4.5 million plant will house 22 injection presses and will have capacity for a total of 40. The company expects to move into the 40,000-square-foot plant May 1.
``Our leased facility doesn't quite meet our standards,'' said Vice President Marty Chevalier. ``So we decided to build our own clean room plant.''
The current, 30,000-square-foot plant has 20 injection presses and 120 employees. The new plant will continue to mold polycarbonate and polyester for the medical industry. About 50 employees will be added in the next year, he said.
Hartzell, based in Turtle Lake, Wis., has placed plants across the United States to be near major customers. For example, the Denton plant serves Motorola in Fort Worth. Other plants are in Turtle Lake, St. Croix, Wis., and Pompano Beach, Fla. Chevalier said the firm has other expansion plans and may begin operating in Mexico.