CHESAPEAKE, VA. — Southland Technologies Inc. will add molding capacity at its recently acquired Milton, Fla., operation, but the expansion will focus on rubber molding.
Chesapeake-based Southland bought Mold-Ex Rubber Co. in mid-April for undisclosed terms. Both firms include plastic injection molding in their technologies.
Bob Shimmel, Southland's vice president of business development, did not disclose the number of plastic injection presses but said his firm plans to add more presses eventually.
Southland is a Tier 1 supplier of automotive engine sealing systems and other under-the-hood parts made of rubber, plastic and cork. Its custom injection molding operation in Virginia Beach, Va., supplies automotive, consumer, industrial and electronics markets.
Mold-Ex does silicone compounding, rubber transfer and injection molding, extrusion and plastic injection molding. Its main market also is automotive. Shimmel said Mold-Ex's rubber transfer and compression molding technologies are new to Southland. He did not provide details on equipment or cost of Southland's planned expansion at Milton.
Mold-Ex became a division of Southland. Tom Henry, one of three brothers who owned Mold-Ex, continues with the business as its president.