DECATUR, ALA. — Tek Enterprise Inc. is building a larger custom molding facility to accommodate anticipated growth.
The Decatur-based private firm will invest about $1.5 million in a 27,000-square-foot facility in Hartselle, Ala., and relocate there in September, according to Tek President Thomas Kerr. Its current, 14,000-square-foot plant is too crowded to add even one more press, he said in a telephone interview.
Kerr said Tek plans to buy reconditioned presses to expand molding capacity during the year after the move. It is considering four 250-ton presses, a 375-tonner and a 1,000-ton machine. Its current eight presses have clamping forces of 50-1,000 tons.
Tek's molding sales jumped from about $750,000 in 1996 to $1.25 million last year. Kerr said commercial audio speaker cabinets are among its main molding jobs. It now molds cabinets as large as 131/2 pounds from polypropylene and is developing a 19-pound cabinet for an undisclosed customer. It also molds for electronic, telecommunications, office products and industrial markets, using a variety of engineering and commodity thermoplastics.