Hansen Plastics is expanding custom molding capacity to keep up with growing business from defense contractors and other customers.
The Clearwater, Fla.-based division of Tuthill Corp. will add three new injection presses by the end of the year, according to Jess Schooley, manager of technical sales.
The company will install a 40-ton Arburg horizontal/vertical machine and two 120-ton models, probably Van Dorn Demags, Schooley said in a telephone interview. He estimated the new injection molding machines and other equipment upgrades will cost $500,000.
Hansen Plastics recently completed a 20,000-square-foot addition to its 18,000-square-foot plant at a cost of about $1.2 million. It now operates 16 presses with clamping forces of 30-440 tons.
Schooley said his firm specializes in full-service, high-technology molding, including design and prototyping, finite part analysis, resin selection and environmental testing.
Hansen Plastics uses a range of engineering resins, such as liquid crystal polymers, polyetheretherketone, polyimide and polysulfone, to make parts for defense, medical, automotive and other industrial customers. Some of the company's unusual jobs include an inch-thick polycarbonate lens for water meters and various parts for the U.S. Navy Gatling gun and its bullets.
Hansen Plastics is the only plastics molding operation among Tuthill's 18 divisions in the United States, according to Schooley. About a third of Hansen Plastics' business is supplying parts for other Tuthill divisions that make pumps, fluid- handling systems and other original equipment.
Tuthill, headquartered in Hinsdale, Ill., bought Hansen Plastics in 1978.
Schooley estimated Hansen Plastics' sales at about $4 million this year. The company employs about 60.
Privately held Tuthill predicts its sales will reach $1 billion by 2000.