CHICAGO — With several new contracts under its belt, Osco Inc. is more than doubling the size of its Rochester Hills, Mich., facility to manufacture parts for its runnerless molding systems.
The $1.5 million expansion will take the plant's size from 14,000 square feet to 34,000.
The company, which also is headquartered in Rochester Hills, will add two vertical computer numerically controlled machining centers capable of making parts as long as 68 inches.
The new machines will allow the firm to make parts in one step instead of in several processes.
Currently, Osco has seven CNC machining centers with a 48-inch capacity, J.M. Osuna-Diaz, the firm's chief executive officer, said in a June 18 interview at NPE 1997 in Chicago.
The expansion, the first for the mold-system supplier, is expected to be completed in late August, Osuna-Diaz said.
The expansion was needed to keep pace with new business from a variety of companies, including General Motors Corp., ITT Automotive and Eastman Kodak Co., according to Osuna-Diaz.
At the NPE show, the company introduced a single-valve gate that can be used with or without a manifold and an in-line multiple-gate nozzle.