GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — LDI Inc. added 30,000 square feet of space and purchased two new Nissei injection molding machines in hopes to reduce costs and improve yield.
Plant manager Bill Molten said the investment will help LDI get back on its feet after the recent General Motors Corp. strike. LDI had to lay off 150 of its 200 employees during the strike, and all automotive production came to a halt.
The Grand Rapids company designs and makes custom blow molded and injection molded components. The firm also makes solenoids and motorized actuators and automotive lighting.
Molten said LDI bought an 89-ton ES1000-12E Nissei electric machine in June, along with a TD100R18ASE Nissei vertical-clamp machine. He did not disclose the cost of the equipment or the addition.
``We are planning to use the new facility to house all of our assembly and testing,'' he said.
LDI has made substantial capital investments in new machines during the past two years by replacing older machines with new Nissei machines with clamping forces from 44-400 tons.
LDI had sales of $22 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1997. In addition to automotive, the company serves the aerospace, industrial, consumer and apparel markets.