United Southern buys Tarheel Mold and Die
FOREST CITY, N.C. — Injection molder United Southern Industries Inc. has boosted its mold-building capacity to keep up with its custom molding growth.
The Forest City firm on June 8 bought the assets of Tarheel Mold and Die Specialties Inc. in Hendersonville, N.C., for undisclosed terms. Joe Bennett, president and owner, said his firm's growth ``increased our tool needs beyond the capabilities of [United's] three in-house tool operations.''
Bennett said the Tarheel operation will support United's business in high-precision parts for electronics, telecommunications and computer markets. United's other major markets include automotive, point-of-purchase advertising, medical and consumer products.
He said the Tarheel plant will remain open and continue to serve its existing customers as well as part of United's needs.
Tarheel's former owner, Jim Parham, will continue as manager of the division, which is located about 40 miles from United's head office.
Parham said he agreed to the United deal because ``it is a good opportunity for both companies to have more horsepower.''
United operates three plants, two in Forest City, and one in Ellenboro, N.C. Bennett said in a telephone interview that the firm has more than 50 presses, with clamping forces of 25-1,500 tons. It has invested more than $2 million in new machinery in the past few years, including 22 servo robots.
During his career, Bennett has been involved heavily in the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington and the Society of Plastics Engineers in Brookfield, Conn.
He bought part of United in 1983 and sales nearly have quadrupled since then.
He previously worked for the company, which was established in 1970.
United has been ISO 9002 registered for more than two years and expects to receive QS9000 registration this fall.
Trostel adds machine for dual-shot process
LAKE GENEVA, WIS. — Trostel Specialty Elastomers Group of Lake Geneva said it expects dual-shot technology it acquired via a new Engel machine to help it reduce costs.
The injection molder bought a 450-ton Engel Dual-Shot molding machine in January for $500,000. Trostel uses the press to produce dual-material or two-color parts for knobs, handles, grips, triggers and other products.
``Dual-shot technology will help us to cut the costs that we usually have with purchasing colorants and other additives,'' said Mike Kirst, operations manager of thermoplastics.
``With this press, cycle time is reduced and it immediately introduces both materials while optimizing bonding ability with the two substrate materials,'' he added.
Coinjection molding is the process whereby two different materials are injected into a mold simultaneously via two injection nozzles.
The press also can complete multiple single-shot functions that allow one material to be injected into a mold.