SIGNAL HILL, CALIF. — A custom manufacturing partnership is building a 93,000-square-foot facility in China and intends to begin injection molding and assembly operations there in August. Construction began in mid-May.
``We plan on having 10 injection molding machines, maybe up to 300 tons,'' Wasyl R. Bodnar said in an interview at HSI Inc., a domestic sales and customer service office employing four people.
The partnership of Bodnar and Albert Liu operates as HSI in Signal Hill; Hsandy Strong Industrial Inc. in Taichung, Taiwan; and Diamond Manufacturing Co. in Dongguan, China.
Bodnar and Liu connected during 1982-84 while Bodnar was teaching in Taiwan. They established a trading company, became involved with plastic products and started production in Taiwan in 1989. Molding was added in 1991.
Now, the partners operate seven Taiwanese presses with clamping forces of 60-180 tons and automated parts-picking systems. The Taiwan facility employs 18, including three toolmakers, and will continue to operate.
Some output goes to the existing Chinese site, where 78 workers assemble components and products for end users or original equipment manufacturers. Other production is sent to customers in the United States, Europe, Australia and South America.
The operation has shipped more than 200,000 luggage door holders of acetal copolymer to Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. in Riverside, Calif.; window blind components of polypropylene, homopolymer acetal and ABS for Newell Rubbermaid Inc.'s Levolor-brand operation in High Point, N.C.; acetal plumbing items for Speakman Co. of Wilmington, Del.; and miniature military models of ABS for Heiser's Models Inc. of Lakewood, Calif.
Next, Bodnar envisions making digital versatile discs at the new Dongguan plant.
The partnership had 1998 sales of $7 million, and Bodnar anticipates topping $9 million this year.