FLIPPIN, ARK. — An Arkansas mold builder and custom molder is installing its third machining center to meet growing demand for intricate, tight-tolerance molds.
Flippin-based Mountain Home Mold & Manufacturing Inc. recently took delivery of a Herco computer numerically controlled machining center, said owner Joe Stegmaier. The firm's growing business in plumbing-part molds spurred the investment, he said in a telephone interview.
Mountain Home mainly builds molds for outside customers but also makes tooling for its custom molding business. It runs four 75-ton presses for aircraft, automotive, electric and hardware markets, Stegmaier said. Typical parts include lock-nut washers, solenoid valves and bobbins made from nylon and other engineering resins. It produces about 500 different lock-nut washers for the aircraft industry alone, for which it is a Tier 3 supplier.
Stegmaier established Mountain Home six years ago and three years ago expanded the business into custom molding. During the next few years he plans to build an addition to his plant, expand toolmaking capacity and boost injection molding capability to include 150-ton presses.