California's high costs are forcing thermoformer Accu-Form Plastic Manufacturing Co. to relocate to southern Utah.
Accu-Form plans to build a 15,000-square-foot facility in Hildale, Utah, and expects to complete the move there by late July, said Don Olson, general manager. High taxes, land costs, building fees and Workers' Compensation rates discouraged Accu-Form from expanding its 10,000-square-foot plant in Rancho Cordova.
Olson said his company specializes in vacuum forming plastic sheet into dashboard covers called Dash-Caps, which protect cracked dashboards on older vehicles. It also makes similar proprietary products for automotive armrests and door panels. He predicted that Accu-Form will expand into other proprietary and custom markets after it moves to Utah.
California has become more and more expensive and Accu-Form needs to stay competitive, Olson said recently by telephone.
He did not disclose the size of the company or how much it will spend to move to Utah. The state is offering it $30,000 for the relocation through its Industrial Assistance Fund. Accu-Form expects to hire 20 workers for the Hildale facility.
Olson said a private trust owns Accu-Form.
Dash-Caps, formed from a proprietary sheet, attach to dashboards with silicone adhesive. Accu-Form has sold about a million of them in its history, Olson said. The company has molds for about 700 different vehicle dashboards, mostly for models that are several years old and need protection. Dash-Cap's design and ultraviolet-light-resistant coating help ensure that the product withstands temperature extremes and sunlight, he said.