A new thermoformer in City of Industry, Calif., is targeting packaging for cosmetic and personal-care markets. The firm intends to have toolmaking capability by the end of October .
In early August, Ironwood Packaging LLC received delivery of a Sencorp series 2500 thermoforming machine with a maximum forming area of 29 inches by 33 inches.
Ironwood will add more thermoforming equipment to make clamshells, blister packaging and trays, William O'Melveny, chief executive officer, said in a Sept. 18 telephone interview. Lisa Platz is Ironwood's chief operating officer.
Ironwood employs a pattern maker and toolmaker.
``We will build a sophisticated tool shop'' with computer numerically controlled machines, O'Melveny said. Ironwood is shopping for a unit to meet its needs and, for now, has outside vendors making necessary tools.
Ironwood has seven workers at its 18,000-square-foot facility.
The firm is working on a project involving two tri-fold clamshells for a customer of Thoro Packaging of Corona, Calif.
The first clamshell goes into production in early October. Ironwood is finalizing pattern modifications for the second item, O'Melveny said.
Thoro is ``a folding-carton company that does a lot of work with the pharmaceutical industry,'' Thoro President Janet Steiner said at Interphex West, held Sept. 16-17 in Long Beach, Calif.
``There is a need for a lot of our customers to use a thermoformed tray as a part of their kits. Now, we partner with a plastic company,'' she said.
Thoro, formed in 1968, has been in Corona since 1990. It employs 90 and has sales of about $15 million.