ST. LOUIS — Mueller Machine and Tool Co. has signed an agreement with equipment supplier Alliance Industries Inc. to start designing and building blow molds.
St. Louis-based Mueller, an injection mold and die maker, is completing a 17,000-square-foot addition to add milling machines and other automated equipment, said Mueller sales engineer Jay Rogers. Mueller plans to begin making blow molds this spring.
Utica, Mich.-based Alliance will manage turnkey blow mold packages for Mueller's customers, said Alliance sales and marketing manager David Backer. The packages include tooling, secondary equipment and gauges, and design and engineering services.
Alliance currently supplies post-molding equipment for the blow molding industry, including assembly, welding and inspection pieces.
The Michigan firm's expertise in blow molds will help Mueller make a rapid entry into the business, Backer said. Customers wanting both molds and equipment will have one contact point, saving time and costs, he said.
Blow mold production is ripe for opportunity, Rogers said.
"There's been a lot of consolidation going," he said. "Many companies are looking for program managers to keep all the work under one roof."
With new work slated, Alliance is considering a move by the end of 2001 to double its space, Backer said. The site is undetermined.
Both Backer and Rogers formerly worked for Hobson Mould Works Inc. of Shell Rock, Iowa, before joining their respective companies within the past year. Hobson has been seeking a buyer for the financially troubled company.