Multi-Plastics Inc. recently opened a second custom injection molding facility and is expanding its original Saegertown, Pa., plant.
Multi-Plastics is running two new Toyo injection presses at a leased plant in Las Cruces, N.M., and plans to have six with clamping forces of 55-300 tons running there by the end of March, according to sales manager Reed Smathers. Its initial investment in equipment at the 20,000-square-foot Las Cruces operation will be $700,000-$800,000, Smathers said in a telephone interview.
Smathers said his firm specializes in electrical connectors and automotive wire harnesses, but it has begun to branch into tight-tolerance consumer goods and electromechanical products. It chose Las Cruces because the site is close to a warehouse for a major customer that ships components to Mexico for assembly.
The area also has good technical training resources and is close to the larger molding community in El Paso, Texas. Smathers said his firm plans to build a new facility in Las Cruces in a few years.
In Saegertown, Multi-Plastics is adding nearly 5,000 square feet, boosting plant space to 45,000 square feet, to make room for more injection presses. It now houses 39 presses with clamping forces of 15-170 tons, and the firm expects to add a few more Toyo machines this year. Eventually it will add another six to eight presses. Smathers said the budget for the building addition and eight new presses is about $1.5 million.
Multi-Plastics also does part design and modeling, tool building and molded product inspection. A sister company does contract parts inspection. Smathers estimated his firm's annual sales last year at about $16 million.