Hampel Corp., a medium- to heavy-gauge industrial thermoformer, is expanding its Germantown, Wis., plant.
The company is adding 33,000 square feet to bring the total area to about 100,000 square feet. President Lance Hampel said that the expansion is a ``result of having a very successful 1998 where we met all our projections.''
Hampel makes custom parts for original equipment manufacturers including Deere & Co. and Harley Davidson Inc.
In addition to this regular business, Hampel makes portable outdoor toilets, calf hutches and pallets. Hampel said the portable sanitation business picked up about two years ago, and orders have increased so much that the firm needed additional space to house the extra orders.
Hampel also has seen a 50 percent increase in sales of agricultural shelters, mainly calf hutches, due to new interest from foreign buyers.
The firm has a line of 26 different in-stock pallets in 10 sizes with three basic configurations: a sleeve pack; a medium-duty standard nine-leg pallet; and a ``steel span,'' a rackable plastic pallet that combines steel and plastic.
Hampel had 1998 sales of $12.2 million, up from $11.5 million in 1997. Hampel said the company is ``shooting to hit in the $13 million to $13.5 million range for 1999.''
Hampel employs 77, but anticipates adding seven to 10 more employees by midsummer. The firm plans to add an eighth thermoforming line — a large capacity rotary machine — in the fall.