STOW, OHIO — Urethane Products Industries Inc. is expanding its manufacturing facility by 2,000 square feet to handle increased business and future growth. The custom molder will increase its available area to 12,000 square feet by refurbishing space the company previously rented to a machine shop. The added area will become a warehouse, freeing up space for manufacturing, according to John C. Voiers, technical director and co-owner. He did not disclose the expansion's cost, but said it should be complete within two months.
"We're doing well and we're growing," he said. "Actually, we've had steady growth over the last several years. And this year seems like it will be a banner year."
Voiers said the privately held company, which does a majority of its business in the polyurethane materials and products market, has prospered because it took care in selecting markets to target, and has a strong, diverse customer base.
UPI would like to expand 20-50 percent during the next 10 years. The only problem the firm faces, Voiers said, is that it's easier to build the business than it is to find the right people to make products.
UPI has a strong work force, he said, "but there's a lack of qualified people to hire when we need replacements or want to add to what we have," which is about 14 workers.
The Stow company also works with thermoplastic, fluoroplastic and polyamide elastomers.
"These materials will play a larger role for us in the future, because they are especially big in the area of pump components," he said.
The 26-year-old firm has injection molding machines with clamping forces of 50-200 tons. It also has a range of post-cure ovens, curing ovens and curing presses to handle open-cast, compression molded or transfer molded PU products.