Two Black & Decker Canada Inc. employees plan to set up an injection molding plant after the firm shuts its Brockville, Ontario, manufacturing operation late this year.
The new company, Camalor Manufacturing Inc., will lease about 50,000 square feet at the Brockville plant and use six of Black & Decker's presses, said Laird Johnston, a partner in the venture and a Black & Decker materials buyer. It will start with presses ranging from 80-385 tons.
Johnston said Camalor agreed to supply Black & Decker Corp. with components and to make the firm's Workmate bench and some of its steel-deck lawn mowers. It also will supply plastic components to Black & Decker's Fayetteville, N.C., lawn-mower operation and facilities in Europe.
Camalor will focus on assembling and supplying Black & Decker with components but eventually might take on custom molding jobs if it has available press time, Johnston said. He expects production to begin late this year or early in January. The operation will include welding and painting.
Johnston will be president of Camalor. Marc Fortin, a Black & Decker manufacturing engineer, will be vice president of manufacturing. An unnamed investor will hold a minority stake in the company. Camalor has started advertising for 50 workers, many of whom are likely to be current Black & Decker employees.
Camalor mainly will process nylon, thermoplastic elastomers, polypropylene and ABS. Plastic parts for the Workmate bench will number 7 million to 8 million pieces a year, Johnston estimated.
Black & Decker announced in January that it planned to close four plants in a restructuring move to save more than $100 million a year. It will sell some of Brockville's equipment and relocate other machinery, including a 1,500-ton press, to Fayetteville and Easton, Md.