CHICAGO — Becoming more of a full-service operation, American Plastic Molding Corp. has just expanded space by a third at its Indiana plant.
The custom injection molder just completed a 36,000-square-foot expansion at its Scottsburg, Ind., facility, General Manager Dan Smith said March 6 at the National Design Engineering Show & Conference in Chicago.
The company added robotics and automation assembly equipment to the new facility and shifted many of its 35 molding presses to the expanded space, Smith said.
The company is investing $2.1 million in the building expansion and new equipment, President Floyd Coates said in an interview after the show.
"It's made a difference in the plant floor," Coates said. "We've decongested a fairly congested space."
With the addition, the American Plastic facility is now 100,000 square feet, Smith said. The company molds, designs and assembles parts for such markets as automotive, appliance, electronics and agriculture.
The company has added capabilities partly to offset work moving offshore, Smith added. Several customers have used the company's engineering services, even while sending work to China or other locations, he said.
"We're also exploring a growing market to send [parts] to Mexico," he said.
American Plastic records sales of nearly $15 million annually.