Injection mold maker Global Precision Inc. of Davie, Fla., is moving at the end of the year to a new home that offers more automation, lift capacity and space.
The company usually closes for the week between Christmas and New Year's; instead, it will take that time this year to move from its 21,000-square-foot home to a new, 33,000-square-foot factory.
Under a custom-build-to-lease agreement, Global Precision will occupy part of a 170,000-square-foot complex, giving it plenty of room for expansion.
Hank Holly, general manager of the manufacturer of high-cavitation closure molds, said the building will include three cranes, the largest being a 71/2-ton unit. It will have a materials-handling system and more automated equipment.
``We're trying to keep the head count the same, but at the same time reduce cost by automation,'' Holly said in a telephone interview.
Global Precision has 62 employees.
Holly said the key to Global Precision's operation is a 2-year-old computerized scheduling system. If there is a rush or a delay, the software system can adjust the schedule efficiently.
One of this year's big projects was a custom mold for Lever Pond's Canada, a Toronto-based division of Unilever NV.
``The product from conception to commercial availability was 20 weeks,'' Holly said.
The project consisted of building the mold, sampling, a production run and shipment to the processor company.
``The turnaround time was exceptional. Global Precision played a key role in the success of a key launch in 1998,'' said John Snow, packaging and development manager at Lever Pond's.
He declined to elaborate.
Global Precision has targeted North American customers for its products, but Holly said its tools are finding their way as far as China. With its move, the company will be able to handle bigger molds, he said.