GREENVILLE, N.H. — Custom blow molder Pioneer Plastics Inc. will spend about $250,000 this year to upgrade and to add injection molding capacity, said President Jocylen Blease.
The Greenville-based firm plans to add a 300- or 500-ton press to its existing lineup of six presses with clamping forces as large as 75 tons, Blease said in a telephone interview. The larger press will allow Pioneer to capitalize on the trend toward multicavity molding, she said. Her firm's budget also includes revamped compressor and chiller systems, auxiliary equipment and increased automation.
Pioneer's main thrust has been blow molding. It operates 38 blow molding machines, the largest handling shots as big as 15 pounds. Blease said Pioneer recently upgraded controls of the 15-pounder.
Blease said her firm wants to diversify its customer base and strengthen its position in home health care, medical and novelties markets. It is promoting itself as a one-stop shop, offering services from design to drop-shipments for customers.
Blease took over as president more than a year ago after her husband, Wilfred Blease, retired. He founded Pioneer in 1959. She did not reveal sales of the 50-employee company.