STANDISH, MICH. — Recently formed Vantage Plastics Inc. just finished upgrading its thermoforming plant and said it may install a fifth thermoforming line this year.
Vantage spent about $200,000 to upgrade one of its four thermoformers to do twin-sheet work and to convert one of its ovens to catalytic converter heating, said George Aultman, a Vantage director. The Standish firm is running near capacity on a one-shift basis and soon will decide whether to go to two shifts or buy another thermoforming line.
Aultman predicts Vantage will have sales of $2.5 million to $3.5 million this year as it diversifies into more custom business and introduces proprietary products. The operation's main business has been shipping containers for various industries and parts for recreational products. It processes a range of polyolefins, including ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene, and polystyrene.
Aultman's brother Paul Aultman, now president of Vantage, led a group of investors that bought the former Standish Plastics LLC business in November for undisclosed terms. George Aultman said the former owners were building contractors who could not devote enough on-site time to the business. Standish Plastics had sales of about $2.5 million last year.
Vantage occupies a 45,000-square-foot building about 20 miles north of Bay City, Mich. Aultman said the firm will strive to be involved in client programs from concept to production to capitalize on the potential for thermoforming technology.
The company said it will seek QS9000 quality certification.