BOSTON — DeKalb Molded Plastics has purchased a high-output structural foam press as it continues its growth surge.
The Butler, Ind.-based molder bought a new Uniloy Milacron structural foam press with 500 tons of clamping force, said Jeffrey Rodgers, DeKalb president and chief executive officer. The press is scheduled to be installed in July.
DeKalb paid $1.7 million for the specially equipped press, which will make both structural foam and structural web parts, he said.
``We needed the capacity to keep up with our growth,'' Rodgers said April 19 at Structural Plastics '99 in Boston.
DeKalb, purchased two years ago by a team headed by Rodgers, expects to grow dramatically this year. Annual sales are projected at more than $11 million; the firm had 1998 sales of about $8.5 million, Rodgers said.
The new press will help DeKalb keep pace with demand for its products in such areas as consumer and industrial applications. The Millennium-series press has high-output foaming devices, controls for better mixing and air-cooled barrels, said Ed Hunerberg, executive director of Uniloy Milacron's structural foam machinery business.
The machine, with one 6-inch extruder, has a shot size of 150 pounds and 120 inches of daylight, said Hunerberg, who is based in Manchester, Mich.
DeKalb will have six structural foam presses, including five with multiple nozzles, once the equipment is installed at its 80,000-square-foot plant, Rodgers said. The presses have clamping forces of 300-500 tons.