Cascade Engineering Inc. has created a new division to make components for air- and water-treatment systems, with an eye toward manufacturing the entire systems. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based molder has bought four injection presses for its newly formed Home & Health business unit, which Cascade hopes will be a $6 million to $8 million business within three years, said Chris Lipka, business unit manager. Its components will go into portable air- and water-cleaning systems, such as home air purifiers.
"We feel we have some of the technology and expertise in our other units in Cascade and can leverage some technologies ... to these types of markets," Lipka said. "Our acoustic division can take technology and apply it to sound abatement and sound deadening for air-treatment systems."
System noise is one of the biggest complaints consumers have about air-treatment systems, he said.
Cascade will house the new unit in existing facilities in Grand Rapids, but wants to build a separate factory for the unit in one to three years, if sales meet projections, he said. The firm bought nine new molds, and presses from 120-1,500 tons, for the unit.
To start, Cascade will focus on making components for firms that make the treatment systems, but it is evaluating making its own systems, said Lipka, who was controller of the acoustics division before his current assignment.
"That's speculative, but that is something we are very interested in," he said. "There are new technologies emerging. We think we can design and manufacture our own complete unit."