Trend Technologies Inc. plans to begin manufacturing plastic and metal computer enclosures in a new Texas facility by July.
The 120,000-square-foot factory in Round Rock, Texas, will be ``15 minutes from a major Dell'' Computer Corp. facility, Stuart Benton, Trend chairman and chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview. The facility also will handle work for other computer makers.
The plant will stamp metal, mold plastic and assemble chassis for computer and networking original equipment manufacturers.
Joseph Jahn, Trend president and chief operating officer, said the Texas project is one of the first tangible results of Trend's acquisition of Cam Fran Tool Co. Inc., a metal stamping and tooling operation in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Trend purchased Cam Fran, now Trend Elk Grove, on Dec. 3.
Trend has extensive experience in injection molding but wanted metal processing capability to meet customers' cost, delivery and vertical-integration needs.
Trend molds plastic parts at its headquarters in San Jose, Calif.; a start-up site in San Diego; an Oct. 17 acquisition of the Plasco Inc. plant in Longmont, Colo.; and a facility in Albuquerque. Trend will draw on talent at the other plants to fill key plastic and sheet metal positions among the 250 jobs anticipated in Texas.
``We will probably start out with 12-15 machines including sheet metal and plastic,'' Jahn said.
The company also plans to develop other integrated facilities, Jahn said.
Investors Riverside Co. of New York and Plastics Capital Group of New York acquired the firm, then Trend Plastics Inc., and toolmaker Tool-Tech Corp., in March. The name was changed to Trend Technologies Inc. in December.
Trend was generating annual sales at a rate of more than $165 million at the end of 1997.Benton forecasts 1998 sales exceeding $200 million, more than doubling the 1996 figure of $91 million.