Injection molder Calmar Inc. has purchased a 100,000-square-foot plant on 15 acres in Winfield, Kan. The City of Industry, Calif.-based firm invested about $2.6 million in the building and improvements.
The plant, formerly owned by Casco Molded Plastics Inc. of Wichita, Kan., is Calmar's sixth in the United States. By June 10, the facility will mold high density polyethylene and polypropylene components for trigger sprayers.
``The need for the new plant is primarily the result of sales growth of trigger sprayers, fine-mist sprayers and lotion pumps in North America, South America and the Asia-Pacific region,'' Richard Hartl, Calmar chairman, president and chief executive officer, said in a news release.
The plant will be part of Calmar's cleaning and chemical unit.
Calmar will start with three shifts and 32 workers. By the first quarter of 1999, the facility will operate 22 injection presses. It has the capacity for 44.
``We mold on a captive basis for cost, quality and reliability reasons,'' John McKernan, vice president and general manager, said in a telephone interview. ``We also use custom molders like Nypro Inc. and Casco.''
Calmar operates a plant in City of Industry, two in Washington Court House, Ohio, and two in Lees Summit, Mo. It has assembly and molding plants in China, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain.
``We were impressed by how well the state of Kansas responded by providing assistance in the way of abatement opportunities, competitive electricity and training,'' McKernan said. ``The biggest advantage is the number of qualified people.''
Calmar had estimated North American injection molding sales of $165 million last year, placing it 29th in Plastics News' ranking.