Mold maker Michiana Metal Fabrication Co. Inc. has acquired an M-80 clamshell molding machine and enlarged its Mishawaka, Ind., facility.
The firm, which had 1997 sales of about $1 million, specializes in fabricated aluminum tooling for rotational molding and water-cooled aluminum molds for vacuum forming.
Michiana purchased its first molding machine to anneal molds, offer prototype services and check production items, Greg Siberry, Michiana sales representative, said in a telephone interview.
The used FSP Machinery Co. unit, with a 94-inch spherical swing, was installed in May.
Anticipating the equipment, Michiana added 3,000 square feet to its existing 15,000-square-foot facility and is using the new space for mold and equipment storage. Construction was completed in March.
Owner Shawn Winkelmann established the company in 1988 on the basis of his experience in building tools for a rotational molder. Subsequently, he added metal fabrication services.
Michiana employs seven, including four mold makers, and supplies tooling for rotational molders and vacuum formers in the Midwest.
End uses include septic tanks, marine fuel tanks and furniture, commercial playground products such as roofs, panels and borders and a variety of custom items.
In April, Michiana established a relationship with an aluminum casting house for projects that cannot be fabricated.
``They cast a mold, and we do finishing and frame work,'' Siberry said.