Ferron Mold & Tool LLC in Dayville, Conn., officially is open for business.
The months leading up the recent opening were hectic, but owner Normand Ferron thinks his new mold-making business is on the right track.
``I'm fortunate,'' he said. ``It is not easy getting started, but right now, we're headed in the right direction.''
Ferron Mold received local, state and federal help to get a road built to its 2.2-acre site. It invested $500,000 to buy equipment and build a 10,000-square-foot facility. The business takes up half of the plant space, and Ferron hopes to lease out the other half.
The company has two full-time and two part-time workers, and, eventually, wants to hire eight to 10 more.
Ferron said he has worked 10 years as a mold maker and more than seven years as a machinist. He also said he is experienced with cosmetic closures, tubes of industrial sealant and medical molds.
``Basically, I'm looking to do anything injection molded — new mold construction and repair,'' Ferron said.
He's aiming for sales of $300,000 in the first full year.
The company has a computer numerically controlled machining center, a four-axis CNC sinker, a service grinder and a lathe.