EL PASO, TEXAS — Providence, R.I.-based Capco Plastics Inc. is pursuing business requiring more detail precision and technical content than the firm's historical base in thermoforming toy, automotive and hardware aftermarket packaging.
``We are getting into higher-end trays and electronics [packaging] business,'' said Robert Arno, general manager.
Capco's El Paso plant received ISO 9002 registration in February. Capco targets late 1999 to complete ISO registration at its 55-employee Providence site.
Recently in El Paso, Capco installed a Sencorp model 1,600 thermoformer and expects to add one or two more lines by the end of the year, Arno said in an interview at the El Paso plant. He anticipates supplementing existing leased space of 25,000 square feet with another 5,000-10,000 square feet in the fourth quarter. Capco employs 18 in El Paso.
Capco established the El Paso site to supply long-time customer Hasbro Inc., which set up a nearby plant but subsequently decided to concentrate production in Tijuana, Mexico. Hasbro was Capco's sole El Paso customer initially, but now the toy company represents about 10 percent of Capco's Texas output.
Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro draws on Capco's Rhode Island engineering design group for upfront work and prototyping of new product packaging. In Providence, Capco has full design and programming capabilities, including two computer numerically controlled milling centers. Another CNC machine operates in El Paso.