Displaced by a large redevelopment project in Port Chester, N.Y., Nadel Industries LLC is investing $3.5 million to fix up an 80,000-square-foot building about 35 miles away in Stratford, Conn.
"It was previously used by Sikorsky Aircraft [Corp.], but needs to be completely revamped for injection molding," said Ric Nadel, executive vice president of Nadel Industries. "All state-of-the-art equipment is being installed."
Nadel Industries was forced to look for a new site last year when Port Chester began its $100 million downtown redevelopment project. The firm, which is part of the health and beauty division of Applied Technical Products of Radnor, Pa., has been making improvements to the location since December.
"We will be moving from mid-February to mid-March, but it will be a progressive move," Nadel said, adding that there should be no interruption of service to customers.
When the move is completed, another ATP Health and Beauty Products company, Apollo Packaging Inc., is scheduled to move from Bridgeport, Conn., into the same building.
"We will be operating in the fall under one roof," said Nadel, noting that each company will retain its name, along with its own sales and marketing staff. "We have some common customers, but different product lines."
Nadel Industries' sales have grown 30 percent in the past year and doubled in the past three years, he said. Nadel estimated sales at $27 million. Apollo Packaging is smaller, with about $6.5 million in sales. It is only a few miles from the new site.
Nadel Industries has 155 employees and all have been invited to make the move. Nadel was unsure how many will take the offer, noting that the company is looking into ways to help transport the workers.
A rail spur is being reopened to access the building in Stratford and will be tied to a central resin-handling system. Inside the building, a plantwide air-conditioning system is being set up. Nadel said that a 5-ton crane is being installed, as well as two new injection molding machines with 300 and 500 tons of clamping force.
The company also will move 13 presses, with clamping forces of 55-500 tons, from Port Chester.
"We are putting a lot of money into central systems to gain efficiencies as far as process controls, and we look to be ISO certified," Nadel said. "We still feel there is a lot of growth potential in jars, and we picked this site with the idea in mind that we could double the business again."
The company was started in 1972 by Ric's father, Murray Nadel, who is president. It moved to its current site in 1996. Nadel was purchased by ATP in April.
Other members of the ATP health and beauty group are Sussex Technology Inc. of Sparta, N.J., and Tri-Molded Plastics Inc. of Bay Shore, N.Y. ATP has three other operating groups: automotive, engineered plastics, and medical and technology.