Two more injection molders have picked up the remaining product-development and prototyping centers formerly owned by Compression Inc.
Compression, based in Louisville, Ky., has been selling off all its facilities after entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 8. Molder Moll Industries Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., had bought three concept and development sites in early May.
Now, Mack Group Inc. of Arlington, Vt., has purchased another Compression site in Shelton, Conn. The facility offers a full complement of product-development services, including computer-aided design, rapid prototyping, urethane casting, prototype building, short-run production tooling and molding presses for tryouts and limited production.
The facility continues to build on Mack's approach to provide complete services from early design to full assembly, said Jeff Somple, Mack vice president of sales and engineering.
In late 1997, the company launched Mack Design, an in-house development company. The Shelton facility will support that design work and manufacturing efforts at other Mack plants, Somple said.
``[Compression] was familiar with a lot of our customers, and we were familiar with a lot of their customers,'' Somple said. ``It's a nice fit.''
The 22,000-square-foot Shelton facility will employ 48, most formerly with Compression. The site include six presses with clamping forces of 28-230 tons.
Another Compression plant in Eau Claire, Wis., was sold last week to Encor Technologies Inc. of Poteau, Okla. The 22,000-square-foot facility conducts computer-aided design, prototyping, low-volume tooling and product development, said Robert Leasure, Compression chief executive officer.
Leasure, a principal with Encor, said the injection molder planned to move the development center to a new building in Eau Claire. The move, at an undisclosed cost, would expand the facility's size to 35,000 square feet.
The new building is to open in September, Leasure said.