Andercraft includes clean room ability
MEXICALI, MEXICO — Andercraft de Mexico SA de CV broadened its capability to mold medical disposables recently by installing a Class 100,000 clean room.
The 5,000-square-foot clean room has two injection molding machines of 145 and 200 tons but is designed to accommodate 20 presses.
Parent firm Andercraft Products Inc. has moved some presses to the 80,000-square-foot Mexicali facility from its Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., headquarters within the past year.
"We manufacture plastic parts for final assembly by the customers," Bill Mueller, plant manager at Mexicali since November, said in an on-site interview.
The company said it moved the machines and related molds because of the impact of California's minimum-wage law and industry's drive for lower prices. In addition, the Mexicali region relies on geothermal power, which is cheaper and more reliable than the Rancho Cucamonga supply during California's energy crisis.
The Mexicali site employs about 120, has production on 24-hour, seven-day schedules and operates 20 presses of 55-950 tons, up from 15 a year ago.
The plant has added secondary services in hot stamping, welding and printing and has space for 40 presses.
PolyTen investing in N.C. expansion
GALLATIN, TENN. — PolyTen LLC has invested more than $500,000 to expand its Washington, N.C., manufacturing facility.
Improvements and two significant construction projects took place over 14 months, said President Jay Cude.
The firm created a controlled-environment manufacturing area for assembling Class II medical devices. Also, PolyTen upgraded the injection molding area for medical-related processing, including high-efficiency particle-removal areas that Cude said create a cleaner part than trying to control clean room molding machines.
Gallatin-based PolyTen acquired the Washington facility when it bought Pamlico Technical Molding Inc. in September 1998. PolyTen expanded in June 1999 when it bought the Coeur Laboratories Inc. subsidiary of PharmaNetics Inc.
PolyTen operated Coeur temporarily in a Raleigh, N.C., facility and relocated the business to Washington in March 2000.
Cude and Birge Sigety formed PolyTen in early 1998. The company employs 55, operates seven Van Dorns of 230-500 tons and had 2000 sales of $7.3 million. The Coeur Medical Division accounts for about 75 percent of sales, and the PolyTen Plastics Division for the remainder.
Cude projected sales exceeding $8 million this year.
EP Tool to construct new facility in N.H.
GILFORD, N.H. — EP Tool & Machine Ltd., which does business as Eptam Plastics, is expanding its plastics machining capacity.
The Gilford firm plans to spend $3.5 million to construct a new plant in Northfield, N.H., and install more lathes, computer numerically controlled mills and other similar equipment. Spokesman Dave Smith said Eptam recently got state approval for a $3.5 million industrial development bond for the project.
Eptam uses a variety of engineering resins for applications in power generation, medical, semiconductor and printing press markets, Smith said in a telephone interview. Its sales have been growing about 25 percent a year and are likely to hit $11 million this year.
Smith said Eptam plans to sell its 15,000- and 25,000-square-foot facilities in Gilford. Its Northfield plant will have 60,000 square feet of space, expandable to 100,000 square feet. Eptam has broken ground on the new plant and expects to finish it by September.
The 19-year-old private company now employs 88 but expects to add 15-20 after the new facility opens.
Pro Corp. PMC must lay off 30 workers
FLORENCE, MASS. — Custom injection molder Pro Corp. PMC of Florence laid off about 30 employees in mid-February because it lost a customer, according to local televised and published reports.
The reports said the unidentified customer had moved its operations out of Massachusetts to Ohio. The total layoffs represent about 25 percent of Pro Corp.'s employees.
PMC Group Inc. of Philadelphia purchased Pro Corp. in October 1997 for $5.2 million at a bankruptcy hearing. PMC owns seven other companies, including injection molder Lenco Inc.-PMC of Waverly, Neb.
PMC owner Paritosh Chakrabarti was unavailable for comment.