Former Huron Plastics executives have created a new injection molding company called Prism Plastics LC. Prism began production in mid-April in Port Huron, Mich., according to Jerry Williams, vice president of sales and engineering. Williams was managing executive of Huron Plastics' plant in Harlingen, Texas. The new firm focuses on automotive markets, doing tight-tolerance work with engineering resins.
Williams said his firm started out with three Toshiba electric presses with clamping forces of 65, 110 and 180 tons. It plans to buy three Toshibas of 45-230 tons by the end of the year, Williams said by telephone.
Prism is leasing an 8,000-square-foot plant, but plans to build a greenfield facility across the street in time to house the extra presses.
Fred Smith, former vice president of operations for Huron Plastics, is president of Prism and the major shareholder. Also holding a stake in the company are Williams, Rod Bricker, Kelly Goodsel and Gerry Phillips. Bricker is director of quality systems and Goodsel and Phillips are silent partners in Prism.
Williams said he and other Prism partners left Huron Plastics in 1998 because of philosophical differences after LDM Technologies Inc. bought Huron.
Prism will emphasize customer service and low-cost molding, he said. The partners plan to turn the molding business into a "lights out" operation this year to cut costs, Williams said. Prism's presses are equipped with servo robots and sprue pickers, and separate in-line dryers.