ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Accede Mold & Tool Co. Inc. has built a 5,000-square-foot addition for a mold-testing lab at its test facility and soon expects to install a new, two-shot, Van Dorn Demag injection molding machine.
The addition and equipment reflect an investment of about $1.5 million, said Al Fox, president of the company he founded in 1981. By year's end, Fox said, Accede also will install a 200-ton vertical press in the newly expanded, 32,000-square-foot facility. The new Van Dorn will give the firm four presses, with clamping forces of 80-400 tons.
In addition to the new press, Rochester-based Accede has installed two high-speed, computer numerically controlled machining centers and eight new Hewlett Packard workstations, raising to 20 the number of seats the firm has devoted to full computer-aided-design and manufacturing services.
``The ability we currently have allows us to do a lot of research and development,'' Fox said in a March 25 telephone interview. ``We also have gas-assist on all our conventional presses.''
Fox declined to disclose annual sales for the mold and tool operation, which he said employs 100. The company maintains two 10-hour shifts four days a week and primarily serves the automotive, medical and consumer markets.