Custom injection molder Thomson Plastics Inc. is adding space, presses and employees in Georgia en route to an anticipated ISO 9002 registration in several months.
Thomson is experiencing controlled growth, Jerry Harrison, vice president and general manager, said in a telephone interview. Mainly, the firm molds under-the-hood items, seat backs and dashboards for Club Car Inc. of Augusta, Ga., and battery components for Trojan Battery Co. of Lithonia, Ga.
In early July, however, the firm decided to pull back temporarily from long-range plans to create a plant near Corona, Calif. ``That is probably at least a year away,'' Harrison said.
Construction at the company's headquarters site in Thomson, Ga., is adding 32,000 square feet by mid-October to a 30,000-square-foot facility that was built in early 1995 and includes a training classroom. Thomson employs 110 and will hire 20 more workers with the expansion.
Thomson operates 14 Cincinnati Milacron and Kawaguchi injection molding machines with clamping forces of 75-725 tons. By year-end, Harrison expects to bring in four new presses with gas-assist molding capability. Thomson licensed the gas-assist technology from Cinpres Ltd. of Tamworth, England.
Software provider IQMS of Paso Robles, Calif., supplied a fully integrated package for accounting, inventory control, quotations and financial management.
``We are modifying that software and working with Club Car to do everything electronically,'' Harrison said.
Privately owned Thomson, which has full design capability, can link processing and secondary services. For one job, the firm molds six parts, acquires components, assembles finished air-intake systems and makes just-in-time shipments to Club Car, a division of Ingersoll-Rand Co. of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.