Advanced Molding planning expansion
ONTARIO, ORE. — Custom injection molder Advanced Molding plans to double the size of its facility and add a 150-ton press this year.
Additional business comes from ``old growth that finally took hold,'' said David Fox, production manager.
The Ontario company started in 1990 with a dripless gasoline nozzle that Vemco Inc. sells for use on ventless cans. The nozzles are subjected to a number of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. tests before they are brought to market, Fox said.
The product is growing in popularity, with an industrial-style model molded with 15 percent glass-filled nylon 6, and another version with high density polyethylene 10-melt. Some are exported to England, Holland and Belgium, according to Verl Law, president of Vemco in Emmett, Idaho.
In other business, Advanced Molding makes flour-grinding mills from both nylon 6 and ABS, and is in the development stage of a project to make brake dust covers and beauty rings.
Advanced Molding occupies a 7,000-square-foot building on a 31/2acre site and expects to begin construction in late summer on an additional 7,000 square feet. ``We lease a warehouse for extra storage now,'' Fox said.
The extra space will accommodate a 10th injection molding press, probably from HPM or Toshiba.
Advanced Molding employs 13 and had 1996 sales of $1.3 million, including injection molding sales of $1.2 million, up from the previous year's $1 million.
PlazTek picks niche of hard-to-mold jobs
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — A new custom injection molder has opened in Sacramento to tackle difficult-to-mold jobs.
PlazTek started doing mold trials after it began operating in late February, said Rick Stephens, a partner in the new company.
PlazTek has a new 250-ton Toshiba press and a new 90-ton Toyo press. It installed two Matsui dryers for materials such as thermoplastic polyurethane that are hard to dry, Stephens said.
Stephens was a sales representative with Ashland Chemical Inc.'s General Polymers division for more than five years before he resigned early this year to help launch PlazTek. Noticing a shortage of custom molders in the Sacramento area, he felt there was a niche for a new molder willing to work with hard-to-process materials, he said.
His partner, Myrle Morgan, is a former minority shareholder of an undisclosed medical molder and has more than 20 years of molding management experience. Stephens' background is on the materials side.
PlazTek is leasing about $300,000 worth of equipment in a rented, 6,300-square-foot facility. Stephens said the firm is testing molds for a construction part and a polyurethane dairy component, and is quoting on a medical device job.
Webster Plastics plans to build plant
WEBSTER, N.Y. — Webster Plastics plans to build a $5.5 million plant this spring to replace its existing facility.
Construction will begin about June 1 on the 80,000-square-foot plant.
The Webster-based injection molding firm also will invest $2 million in equipment, replacing some presses and adding automated material-feeding systems and robotics.
By the end of the year, 46 injection presses and 150 employees will be in the new plant in Fairport, a suburb of Rochester, N.Y.
``We need additional space for new programs in the future and to be more efficient,'' said President Vern DeWitt. ``The new plant design reduces cost of operation.''
The company will be able to expand the facility to 185,000 square feet.
Webster Plastics reported sales of $26 million last year and serves the automotive, computer, electrical, office products, industrial, building and construction and consumer industries.
The company is a unit of publicly held Bunzl plc of London.