CHICAGO — With two new rotary pressure formers under roof, Profile Plastics Corp.'s Lake Bluff, Ill., plant has reached capacity and is ripe for expansion.
The thermoformer is fine-tuning plans for adding 30,000 square feet to its 72,000-square-foot Lake Bluff headquarters plant, President Steve Murrill said March 17 at the National Design Show in Chicago.
``We anticipate by the end of the year needing more capacity. Now is the time to put it in,'' he said. ``We can't afford to be short.''
The new rotaries — one Brown and one Maac, both purchased late last year — already are up and running, he said. He would not disclose the cost of the machines or the number of thermoformers at Lake Bluff, a Chicago suburb. The firm, which runs three shifts, boosted its work force 10 percent to accommodate the equipment.
The plant expansion is Profile's second in three years. In June 1995 it moved into the custom-fit Lake Bluff facilty from two ``inefficient'' buildings in nearby Northbrook totaling 65,000 square feet, Murrill said. He defines the company as a regional thermoformer of lower-volume, high-end, large industrial parts, such as those on the LifeFitness exercise machine on display at its booth.
Plastics News has estimated Profile's annual sales at about $14 million.