VICKSBURG, MICH. — Triple S Plastics Inc. plans to make a push into the medical market by building a new clean room at its Vicksburg plant.
The firm plans to put less effort into the automotive business, officials said.
The Class 100,000 clean room will have six injection molding machines, with clamping forces of 55-165 tons, and will have space for two more. The facility, which will cost $200,000, should be up and running by Aug. 1, company officials said.
``We've made a commitment from the top of our corporation that that is a market we should focus on,'' said Chief Executive Officer Dan Canavan. The Vicksburg-based company will be using portable clean rooms at facilities in Tucson, Ariz., and Georgetown, Texas, but has the money to build permanent clean rooms if needed, Canavan said.
About 15 percent of the publicly traded firm's $63.5 million in sales currently is in medical. The firm is aiming for a larger share of that market because the industry is growing and ``products have fairly long life cycles,'' compared with computers and telecommunications, Canavan said.
The firm's full-service molding — including design, prototyping and tooling — will be attractive to the medical market, Canavan said. The auto market ``doesn't feel that we add enough value to the products to get the kind of margins we'd like,'' he said.
The company's medical efforts will focus on custom molding devices, rather than disposables, he said.
Triple S ranked 74th in Plastics News' survey of North American injection molders, with sales of $66 million.