APW Enclosures' plastics operation has added two Toshiba injection molding presses at a new Anaheim, Calif., site and will relocate other functions there by November.
Each new press has a clamping force of 720 tons and is outfitted with gas-assist equipment licensed from Gain Technologies Inc. of Sterling Heights, Mich.
``The new presses are the first step in an aggressive growth campaign,'' said Gary Nord, general manager of the operation, formerly known as Everest Engineered Plastics.
APW Enclosures is equipping an existing, 212,000-square-foot facility for integrated plastic and metal operations.
The plastics unit will move 21/2 miles from part of a complex of four Anaheim buildings occupying about 200,000 square feet. An APW custom metal operation in a portion of those buildings will expand into the vacated space.
Plastics operations preparing to relocate include tooling, engineering, molding, secondary finishing services, value-added assembly and administration. Those functions occupy 42,000 square feet now and will expand to 75,000 square feet.
In addition to the new Toshibas, APW uses three Battenfeld structural foam machines of 90-400 tons, an 800-ton Beloit Deacon structural foam press with gas counter-pressure capability and three other Toshiba injection molding machines of 86-610 tons.
The plastics operation employs 173 and supplies custom enclosures and components for medical, computer, telecommunications and electronic applications.
APW Enclosures is a unit of Butler, Wis.-based Applied Power Inc.'s technical environments and enclosures business segment. A subsidiary purchased the plastics operation as part of the $52 million acquisition of Everest Electronic Equipment Inc. in September 1996. Everest was established in 1962 and formed the engineered plastics operation in 1978.