BOSTON — Custom molder Horizon Plastics Co. Ltd. of Cobourg, Ontario, is investing more than US$4.65 million to expand its plant and make room for a 1,000-ton structural foam molding machine.
``The large machine opens a new market for us,'' said Vice President Brian A. Read, who pointed out that one use is for large material-handling bins.
Read spoke in an April 19 interview at the Structural Plastics '99 meeting in Boston.
The new wide-platen Uniloy Milacron machine has twin 6-inch extruders.
``The greater tonnage suits us well for structural web and structural foam and it provides room for growth,'' he said.
The machine, which cost US$2.65 million, is the company's 12th multinozzle structural foam/structural web press. It purchased a 750-ton, twin-screw machine last year to gain the ability to run two colors or two processes — structural foam or structural web — at the same time.
The new machine offers even more. The special-order press offers a platen size of 167 inches by 106 inches and can operate with 180 inches of daylight.
According to Ed Hunerberg, executive director for Uniloy Milacron's structural foam machinery business in Manchester, Mich., there are only two other Uniloy Milacron presses with the 180 inches of daylight in operation in the world. One is in Belgium and the other in the United States.
Read said Horizon expects to take delivery of the machinery in August. It will be placed in the new addition, which will feature a 25-ton crane and high ceilings.
The company employs 250, and Read said that with the expansion to 150,000 square feet, the company should hire about 15 more workers.
Horizon Plastics, a privately held company, was founded in 1972.
``We are only a custom molder — no proprietary products,'' Read said.