Pro Model Engineering Inc. will move to a larger facility in Sanford, Fla., to accomodate its rotational molding expansion plans.
Pro Model bought a Ferry four-arm rotomolder and has moved it into its new, 22,000-square-foot building, according to Ralph Gray, director of sales and marketing. When power is hooked up in early May, Pro Model will start running the new rotomolder and move its FSP three-arm turret rotomolder and other machinery into the new facility, Gray said in a telephone interview.
Pro Model recently added computer-aided design and in-house mold building to speed up projects and ensure accuracy. Gray recently joined the company to help it provide advertising and promotion services to customers. He said he can use his background in sports advertising and promotion to help customers market their new products.
The company's new capabilities make Pro Model a full-service rotomolder able to work with a customer from initial concepts to marketing, Gray said. Officials did not disclose how much Pro Model spent to expand its services and capacity.
Gray said the new Ferry machine will make large custom parts such as a sports spa. It has a 125-inch swing, making it easier to run big parts. Its FSP rotomolder has a 94-inch swing.
Pro Model still fabricates acrylic display cases but it sold its underused Lamco vacuum former. It now subcontracts out any thermoforming it needs for display case parts. Gray said the firm did not eant to spend a lot of effort developing custom vacuum forming work because it is focused on rotomolding.
Pro Model employs seven in its rotomolding operation and expects to boost that to about a dozen after it moves to the new facility and adds more shifts.