Brainerd, Minn.-based rotational molder Roto-Tech Manufacturing Inc. is planning a two-stage expansion.
Newcomer Roto-Tech began production in August 1997 in a 2,500-square-foot facility with one used FSP M-100 clamshell machine. Three months later, Roto-Tech had 10 full-time employees and a growing need for more room. So, in mid-April it moved to a 10,000-square-foot plant.
Roto-Tech since has purchased another M-100, an M-60 and an M-20, all reconditioned FSP clamshells.
Plans are in motion to build an 18,000-square-foot plant with 2,500 square feet for office space. Roto-Tech President Tim Youngquist estimates the expansion will cost $350,000-$400,000. He said completion is scheduled for the spring.
By fall 1999 more space will be added for a total of 30,000 square feet, Youngquist said.
He said sales for this year will exceed $1 million. He projects that figure will double for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 1999.
Roto-Tech serves the consumer, recreational, trucking, and lawn and garden markets, making items such as docks, live wells and bait wells, boat housings and pools and spas.
Youngquist also is a Roto-Tech owner and oversees new products and new-product development. Co-owner Tim Jacobson handles day-to-day operations.
Roto-Tech also has two silent partners.