AcroTech Industries Inc. has expanded its geographic reach by acquiring a Southeast custom injection and blow molder.
AcroTech of Minneapolis bought Plastic Injectors Inc. of Spartanburg, S.C., for undisclosed terms. Plastic Injectors has 35 injection presses from 85-1,500 tons and 12 blow molding machines in two facilities totaling 120,000 square feet.
AcroTech President Alan Gorman said ``location was the main interest'' for the mid-March deal. His firm also has a blow molding operation in Crosby, Minn., and an injection molding plant in Kerrville, Texas. It acquired both since 1993, when its
parent firm Acrometal Cos. Inc. decided to expand in plastics.
Gorman estimated the Spartanburg operation's yearly sales at $8 million to $12 million, about the same as its Crosby operation and a litte bigger than the Kerrville-based business.
Gorman said Plastic Injectors diversifies AcroTech's markets. Spartanburg injection molds fiber optic spools, lighting components and other industrial parts. It blow molds recreational and packaging components. AcroTech will serve its existing southeast customers better from the Spartanburg plant, he said.
Robert Burchette, former owner of Plastic Injectors, said he sold his firm to ``a fine company that can bring it up to another level.'' Thirty-three years after founding Plastic Injectors he will continue with it in an advisory role in engineering and sales.
AcroTech will upgrade quality systems at Spartanburg, including getting ISO 9000 registration for the operation, but has no immediate plan to expand capacity there. It is now working on ISO 9000 registration for Kerrville. Three of its parent's facilities are ISO 9000 registered, none of which are plastics related.
Gorman said an earlier plan to introduce blow molding at Kerrville, which it bought in 1995, has been put on hold. AcroTech also has no near-term plan for more acquisitions because it wants to integrate its recently bought businesses.
Spartanburg will be renamed AcroTech Southeast. The Kerrville unit is called AcroTech Industries Texas and its blow molding division is Crosby Manu- facturing.