MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Curd Enterprises Inc. has invested about $1.5 million for capital equipment and improvements at its Multiplastics thermoforming operation in Mount Pleasant.
The company acquired, rebuilt and added new controls to a Comet 8-foot-by-16-foot, four-station rotary thermoformer that went online in late January, according to sales coordinator Lola Carere. Multiplastics has six other thermoforming machines.
The new equipment includes two new Motionmaster 6-foot-by-12-foot, five-axis computer numerically controlled routers with eight-position tool changers.
Also new is Multiplastics' vice president, Paul Spies. Spies, a thermoforming consultant, stepped into that role in January.
The Mount Pleasant operations employ about 85 and occupy 138,000 square feet in two buildings, including one acquired in March. The company has added engineering talent but held the line on machine operators by adding more efficient equipment. The operation has sales of $6.7 million for the year ended July 30.
Carere said Multiplastics has replaced work that customer Gould Plastics Inc. removed in setting up its own thermoforming operation in Duluth, Ga., during 1998. Gould moved tooling in stages and did not disrupt the Multiplastics operation, she said.