A 17,800-square-foot addition will boost secondary assembly operations and improve efficiency of the loading dock at Meese Orbitron Dunne Co.'s Ashtabula, Ohio, rotomolding plant.
Robert W. Dunne Jr., general manager at the plant in northeastern Ohio, said the addition should be completed Sept. 1. The addition will increase the plant's size from 66,800 square feet to 84,600 square feet.
The work is part of a $3 million investment program at Meese Orbitron Dunne's plants in Ashtabula and Madison, Ind. The company added a Ferry 400 rotomolding machine to each of the two plants. Each of the four-arm, independent-arm machines carries a 160-inch swing.
The Madison plant's expansion was completed earlier this year.
Dunne said the Ashtabula plant now has six loading docks. The improvements will make it easier to unload resin, parts and other supplies from a truck, then fill it back up with finished products, he said.
The Ashtabula operation specializes in custom molding and secondary work. One of its customers, Pool Shot Products of Ormond Beach, Fla., worked with engineers at the plant to extend its product line with a new volleyball for use in a swimming pool. Meese Orbitron Dunne already molds the Pool Shot basketball backboard, which now can be converted to a volleyball net support.
The rotomolder designed a seamless, hollow plastic stem. Dunne said blow molding and injection molding could not make a strong enough part.