MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO — Pro-Western Plastics Ltd. is completing an expansion of its custom injection molding facility in St. Albert, Alberta.
Executive Vice President Dave Lacroix said his firm spent about C$4 million (US$2.8 million) to buy three Husky injection presses and other machinery and build a 23,000-square-foot addition. It finished moving all molding into the addition the week of May 25 and began running a new, 225-ton press, the third Husky press it received this year.
Husky shipped the machine to St. Albert from the recent Plast-Ex 98 show in Mississauga, where Husky ran it making closures.
Earlier this year Pro-Western installed 400- and 500-ton Husky presses. It mainly makes open-head containers and lids on its 14 presses with clamping forces as great as 600 tons. Lacroix said in a telephone interview that the company's main markets are food products, such as vegetable oil and ice cream. It makes polyethylene containers from 2 liters to 5 gallons.
Lacroix said his company needed more space for growth and to improve production efficiency. It occupies about 100,000 square feet of space that also includes a machine shop for repairs. The facility is about a 10-minute drive north of Edmonton.
Lacroix estimates annual sales at about C$15 million (US$10.4 million) to C$20 million (US$13.8 million). The company, privately held by the Lacroix family, was established in 1969 and employs about 180.