AMELIA, OHIO — Custom injection molder Deimling-Jeliho Plastics Inc. plans to complete a 20,000-square-foot expansion by August.
The move will give Deimling-Jeliho a total of 52,000-square-feet of operating space in Amelia, about 25 miles east of Cincinnati. It opened a 32,000-square-foot building there in 1996.
The space will allow Deimling-Jeliho to add nine presses and hire 30 employees by mid-2001. It now operates 19 presses, with clamping forces of 15-550 tons, and employs 90.
President Bill Deimling estimates the expansion will cost about $1 million.
Deimling-Jeliho posted sales of $6 million in 1998 and expects to reach $7 million in 1999. Its markets include water and fluid-transfer valves, pneumatic staplers and parts for gas pumps and underground gas-containment systems.
The 23-year-old firm also does product design, mold building and repair work. Deimling founded the company as a mold maker in 1976 before moving into injection molding in 1983. Injection molding now is the largest part of Deimling-Jeliho's business.
``I learned you can't just be a good mold maker,'' Deimling said. ``You have to know something about business.''