McClarin Plastics Inc. is investing about $1.5 million this year to expand its thermoforming and plastic composites operations in Hanover, Pa. The company also has launched an employee training program and a high school awareness and recruitment plan.
By June, McClarin will have added 22,000 square feet of space, including more room for thermoforming production and warehousing, and manufacturing of fiberglass-reinforced plastics. The company recently expanded to a total of 200,000 square feet at its three plants in Hanover. One of the facilities is dedicated to thermoforming proprietary truck bedliners, one to heavy-gauge thermoforming of industrial parts and the other to FRP products such as interiors for mass-transit cars.
Roger Kipp, McClarin's vice president of marketing and engineering, said his company is experiencing growth in a range of its markets, particularly where assembly and fabrication are required. The firm works with a variety of sheet and does twin-sheet forming. Last year it added a four-station, 4-foot-by-6-foot rotary thermoformer. It now runs seven thermoforming lines.
President Todd Kennedy told employees last month that the firm has designed a decade-long training plan to help it compete and to provide a better working environment. Employees will take courses at York County Vocational Technical School on blueprint reading, manufacturing processes, project management and computer technology.
McClarin's high school recruitment program educates students about opportunities at the company and helps them develop skills to obtain employment in plastics. The firm noted that companies find it increasingly difficult to hire qualified people.
McClarin had thermoforming sales of $13.5 million last year, up from $13 million in 1998. Its total sales, which include FRP, were $18 million in 1999. It employs about 85 in thermoforming.