CHICAGO — Lomont Molding Inc., a structural foam and injection molder, just completed a major expansion that will ramp up the company's capacity.
The Mount Pleasant, Iowa-based company doubled the size of its plant to 100,000 square feet, said sales and marketing representative Jason Bender. The expansion started in late 1999 and was completed last year, he said.
Lomont also just completed work on a 25,000-square-foot tooling and secondary process building west of its Mount Pleasant plant.
"We needed more space for engineering and tooling in our facility," said Bender, interviewed March 5 at the National Design Engineering Show & Conference in Chicago. "To do business, we had to be involved in products from beginning to end."
The new building includes a 5,000-square-foot toolroom with four machining centers, three of them vertical, and a design and engineering studio. Secondary operations there include painting, finishing, shielding and assembly.
In the main plant, Lomont also added two new injection molding presses with clamping forces of up to 700 tons and a multishot press for structural and injection molding. The company has 70 molding stations, several of them with multishot equipment, Bender said.
Bender did not reveal the company's investment in the expansion.
The boost in tooling and engineering will help Lomont work on several jobs simultaneously, he said.
"In this day and age, everything goes into molding," he said. "We have to be involved in all ends of the process."
The custom molder designs and makes parts for the medical field and retail consumer products, among others.
The company expects to record about $25 million in sales this year, according to Bender.