DALLAS — Max Machinery Inc. plans to double its manufacturing space when it moves from one Healdsburg, Calif., site to another sometime within six months.
As its sales base continues to expand, the maker of urethane processing equipment will relocate to a 45,000-square-foot facility from its present 22,000-square-foot location, said Paul T. Hock, marketing manager for precision flow meters, at Polyurethanes Expo '98.
Costs of the new plant and move were not revealed.
Max Machinery, which employs 85, has annual sales close to $10 million. Hock said this year's sales are heading to a record level and could rise higher next year.
``We've been in business 32 years, 25 of them at our present location in Healdsburg,'' Hock said. ``But, we were just running out of space. Luckily for us, we're relocating to a facility in the same town, on the same street.''
The company also introduced a line of computer-controlled urethane processors at the expo. The machines feature a run screen, data logging, add/edit recipe and stream calibration. They are aimed at virtually all applications.
Max Machinery processors are custom built to meet the specific requirements of an application, Hock said. The company can mix and match standard building blocks with custom components to produce a machine matched to a particular need, he added.
The machines offer ``true shot operation as in pouring individual cast elastomer parts,'' Hock said. Or they can be made for continuous processing for thermoplastic PUs or coating a web. Thus, equipment can be designed for a standard two-component application or for multiple prepolymers or multiple curatives to allow the blending of a variety of materials, he said.