Pioneer adds space, buys two machines
DIXON, KY. — Pioneer Plastics Inc. invested about $1 million in March to expand and add equipment to its 45,000-square-foot facility.
The Dixon-based injection molder added a 12,000-square-foot mold-storage building and a 3,500-square-foot office complex. The company also bought two presses with clamping forces of 300 and 440 tons. Pioneer now has 16 presses, with clamping forces from 100-850 tons.
Pioneer molds aftermarket appliance parts for companies such as Whirlpool Corp. and General Electric Co. The plant houses more than 1,600 molds, and needed more space to improve efficiency.
Pioneer, which employs 70, said it plans to hire additional employees soon.
In addition to the aftermarket parts, Pioneer molds crystal polystyrene containers for the fancy food and collectible markets and custom kitchenwares for national restaurant chains such as Pizza Hut Inc.
Pioneer reported sales of $6.5 million for 1998.
Injectronics increases its N.C. facility's size
CLINTON, MASS. — Injectronics Inc., a Clinton-based injection molding company, continues to expand. A 36,000-square-foot addition at its Burlington, N.C., plant will be complete by July 1.
The project, which began last fall, will bring the facility to a total of 76,000 square feet.
President Paul Nazzaro said the company plans to add 10 to 15 presses with 300-1,000 tons of clamping force. The Burlington plant currently has 14 presses from 83-1,000 tons.
The plant plans to hire an additional 40-50 employees. The company employs a total of 330 in the Clinton and Burlington facilities.
Last year, Injectronics added 4,200 square feet and four presses to its Clinton plant in a $1 million expansion. The Clinton facility has 27 presses.
Company sales for 1998 were $40 million. Nazzaro said the company is projecting 15-20 percent compounded growth for the next three to five years, and is planning for $65 million to $68 million in annual sales by 2001.
Nazzaro added that plans are in the works for another facility to open in the Midwest within three to five years.
Injectronics serves the automotive, computer, consumer products and medical markets. Major customers include Ford Motor Co., Daimler/Chrysler Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Rayovac Corp.
Damar plans growth at San Diego plant
SAN DIEGO — Injection molding company Damar Plastics Inc. plans to begin an expansion of its San Diego plant within three months.
The expansion will double the size of the facility to 48,000 square feet. President David Kabbai expects the expansion to be complete within seven months.
The company will add seven injection presses, bringing the total to 15. Damar's current presses have clamping forces from 50-500 tons.
Kabbai expects to hire 30 additional employees when the expansion is done. The company currently employs 50.
Damar offers complete mold-making capabilities, including wire electric discharge machining, and secondary operations such as assembly and decorating.
The company serves the sports equipment, medical and industrial components markets and reported 1998 sales of $2.4 million.
Dimatic Tool finishes warehouse addition
OMAHA, NEB. — Dimatic Tool and Die Co. finished a 26,000-square-foot expansion of its 40,000-square-foot Omaha injection molding facility March 25.
Dan Drvol, production manager, said the new portion of the facility will be used for warehouse space for materials and finished products. The former warehouse space will now be open for production.
The company, which employs 70, does not plan to hire additional employees.
Dimatic has no plans at this time to add more presses to its current total of 20. The existing presses have clamping forces of 55-500 tons.
Drvol said Dimatic is growing fairly rapidly. The 38-year-old company reported 1998 total sales of $7.3 million, $5.1 million of which is from injection molding sales. Injection molding sales for 1997 were reported at $4.8 million.
Dimatic injection molds products for the electrical, computer, consumer product, medical, food service and recreation industries, among others.
In addition to injection molding, the company builds molds and does steel stamping.