New Berlin Plastics Inc., a Milwaukee-area custom injection molder, plans to build a plant in New Berlin, Wis., that nearly doubles the size of its current 50,000-square-foot plant in New Berlin.
The company plans to close on the purchase of 9 acres within two to three weeks. Total cost of the plant and land will be $5 million. The new facility is slated for occupancy in early 1998.
The company is buying nine large-tonnage Toyo and Kawaguchi presses for the new plant.
The proposed 98,500-square-foot, two-story facility will include 82,300 square feet of manufacturing and office space on the first floor and 16,000 square feet of available space on the second floor.
New Berlin, which currently employs 125, expects to add 40 jobs during the next 18 months. The site allows for an additional 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space to be added as needed.
``We're bursting at the seams,'' said Daniel Hewitt, director of sales and marketing. ``As we grow, so does the need for added capacity.''
New Berlin expects 1997 sales of $14 million to $16 million, up from $8 million in 1990.
``Plastics has had as large a growth in the last five years as it's ever had,'' Hewitt said.
Said Russell Brooks, vice president: ``For continued growth and manufacturing efficiency we had to move. Our new facility will allow us to provide more value-added services for our customers. We plan to increase our current design engineering, assembly, decorating and warehousing capabilities.''
New Berlin chose the industrial park site because of its location for the company work force and customer base.
The company has not determined whether it will sell or lease the old plant.