Oneida Rostone Corp. plans to start up a thermoset injection molding facility, its second, in the southeastern United States by this summer.
Oneida will equip the Clayton, N.C., plant with five new injection presses from an undisclosed supplier. Mark Halstead, vice president of marketing, said the presses will have clamping forces up to 500 tons. The plant will focus on electrical, industrial and consumer markets, he said from Oneida's head office in Oneida, N.Y.
Halstead said the Clayton operation will supply existing customers that have moved plants to the Southeast, and it also will seek new clients. Its current Lafayette, Ind., thermoset molding plant will continue operating but some of its presses may go to Clayton if the Lafayette plant is underused.
Oneida has been moving thermoplastic injection presses out of its Clayton plant to make room for the thermoset business. Halstead said Oneida transferred the best molding equipment to its Siler City, N.C., thermoplastic molding plant and has sold the rest.
Oneida acquired the Siler City operation when it bought Quality Molded Products Inc. in 1996. The Siler City plant, with 125,000 square feet, is big enough to accommodate Clayton's thermoplastics equipment. Clayton has about 30,000 square feet of space.
Halstead did not disclose the cost of the new thermoset operation. He said it will start with 35 workers over three shifts.
Oneida reported North American injection molding sales of $93 million in 1997. It runs six molding plants and 155 presses.