The following news items were gathered by Plastics News reporter Steve Toloken at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Structural Plastics Division conference, held April 1-3 in Atlanta.
Premold Corp. grows to twice original size
Reaction injection molder Premold Corp. completed an expansion in March that doubled its size, a move driven by growth in its medical and scientific products markets.
The small company built a 20,000-square-foot plant in Oconomowoc, Wis., and plans to finish moving this month. Previously, the company leased a 10,000-square-foot plant, also in Oconomowoc.
Premold's business has grown 10-15 percent annually since 1995, and now is at between $2.5 million and $3 million, said President Ken Schweitz. The company has three RIM machines, and wants to upgrade its equipment to boost clamping forces and cycle times, he said.
It also wants to be able to inject color into molds, which would be new technology for the firm, said Schweitz, who bought Premold in 1995. The company employs about 30.
Leader of MSI Mold awarded SPD honor
Roger Klouda, a longtime member of the Structural Plastics Division, picked up the group's industry recognition award for his contributions.
Klouda, president of MSI Mold Builders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, told the crowd the award took him completely by surprise: "I'm not sure I've ever been lost for words before."
Klouda was honored for his work on SPD's executive committee, for serving on the board of Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., for spending time on other industry activities and trade groups and for his work on a recent SPI tooling trade mission to China, SPD said.
Klouda said he was shocked because he did not think of himself as in the "same caliber" as past winners. But he stressed the importance of contributing to industry groups: "To a certain extent, we're a little `old school.' You've got to give back."