OGDEN, ILL. — B.C. Plastics is expanding its thermoforming plant and it may open a new one in St. Louis this year.
About 3,000 square feet will be added in the next six months to the existing, 4,000-square-foot plant in Ogden. As many as three employees and one new line will join the lineup, giving the company nine employees and three stationary rotary machines.
``A couple of new prospects came to us, new product lines,'' said President Kenneth Cooley Jr. ``With prototypes and production we need more room.''
B.C. Plastics caters to entrepreneurs, inventors and companies that want prototypes, small parts or short runs. The firm can design, vacuum form, assemble and do other secondary operations, and specializes in runs of 500-1,000 parts and gauges from 0.006-0.1875 inch.
``Large companies come to us to do short runs and smaller parts,'' Cooley added.
The company has an in-house precision machine shop and has designed all its thermoforming machines. It also does machining and toolwork with rubber and resin casting.
Within the year, B.C. Plastics hopes to open its St. Louis facility. The plant will have 5,000-8,000 square feet of space and employ about five. The size and opening date depend on the types of contracts the company acquires.
The firm reported sales of $500,000 last year and serves the lawn and garden, recreational, electronics, agricultural, automotive and aerospace industries.