TUCSON, ARIZ. — GW Plastics Tucson Inc. added eight injection molding presses during 1997 and installed a 650-ton machine in January.
``Very few custom molders in the Southwest can deliver that kind of tonnage, and even fewer can handle automotive programs,'' said plant manager Ted Cantin.
GW Tucson also focuses on medical precision jobs.
The molder has more than doubled the number of Van Dorn Demag presses at the Tucson plant to 17. The machines have clamping forces of 35-400 tons.
Parent firm GW Plastics Inc. opened the 63,000-square-foot subsidiary in March 1996 as a regional extension of a GW plant that opened in 1992 in San Antonio.
QS 9000 registration audits are scheduled soon for the Tucson and San Antonio plants. Tucson employs 45, and San Antonio, 50.
GW Tucson has acquired a Vari-Roll 4000 gear analysis system, for use in analyzing gears to tolerance standards of the American Gear Manufacturers Association, and a Ram Optical Omis III 18-by-24-inch vision system with a color video printer. Also, the site added capabilities for secondary operations, such as pad printing, hot stamping, ultrasonic welding and bar coding.
Bethel, Vt.-based GW Plastics Inc. reported 1996 sales of $45 million.