Montpelier Plastics looks for extra work
MONTPELIER, OHIO — Montpelier Plastics Ltd. of Montpelier aims to boost custom injection molding without impacting deliveries to sister company Crotty Corp. of Quincy, Mich. The Crotty family owns both firms.
About 90-92 percent of Montpelier's 2000 production involved molding parts for Crotty's substantial automotive sun-visor business. Some new visor programs will begin this summer.
"We would like to become less dependent" and bring in more custom molding to reduce the Crotty portion down to 75 percent this year, Steven Peters, Montpelier president and plant manager, said in a telephone interview. "We branched out within the last year."
Quality, delivery and pricing issues with molders prompted Crotty to establish the plastics processor in mid-1997. The captive supplier had two presses in an 8,000-square-foot leased building. Effects of the 1998 General Motors Corp. strike led Montpelier to wonder about considering outside work.
In late 1998, Montpelier moved across the street to a 19,000-square-foot plant it constructed, moving four presses and adding four more. Another 7,500 square feet and three presses were added in late 2000. Land is available for further expansion.
Van Dorn supplied the 11 presses. Clamping forces range from 85-650 tons.
Montpelier recognizes its responsibility to supply visor frames, retainers and brackets to Crotty but appears positioned for more growth. "The capital stability is there to put in new equipment," Peters said.
Montpelier has developed some custom work in the industrial building and educational markets. "We have built molds and taken over transfer molds in both markets," he said.
Montpelier Plastics employs 55 and had 2000 sales of about $3.8 million. Peters projects sales will exceed $5 million this year.
Evco Plastics expands Ga. plant to fit growth
DEFOREST, WIS. — Custom injection molder Evco Plastics plans to expand its Calhoun, Ga., plant to accommodate growth in appliance, small-engine and electronics markets.
Evco President Dale Evans said his firm will spend about $1 million on a 30,000-square-foot addition and a similar amount on a few new injection presses with 1,000-1,500 tons of clamping force. The project is in the design stage, and groundbreaking is expected in May. In a telephone interview, he estimated the addition will take about six months.
Evans said Evco's overall sales are up 12 percent this year. Last year it logged $57.5 million in sales — 15 percent greater than in 1999. He said an expansion at the firm's Oshkosh, Wis., plant may also be needed to keep pace with growth.
Evco runs 94 injection presses at six plants, including three in DeForest, where it is based. It recently expanded west by acquiring Nevada Tool & Die of Reno, Nev.
Evco's services include design, prototyping, decorating, assembly and clean room molding. In addition to conventional thermoplastic injection molding, it does structural foam, insert, gas-assist and multishot molding. Its 550 employees processed 17.5 million pounds of engineering and commodity plastics last year.
Tech Group invests $6 million in facility
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Tech Group Inc. of Scottsdale is investing $6 million for equipment and expansion at its Cayey, Puerto Rico, facility.
Tech Group Puerto Rico has installed Netstal presses of 300, 175 and 120 tons recently and, by June, plans to bring in 21 Milacrons with clamping forces of 55-330 tons. Most of the equipment will replace older presses.
Bill Gerard, the facility's managing director, said in a telephone interview that the facility will have 34 injection presses, with a goal to fill up to its capacity of 40 machines within a year.
Investing in technology to support customer needs and control costs is the primary driver for the investment.
The Puerto Rico operation employs 175 and occupies 63,000 square feet. An addition of 2,500 square feet is planned in May to accommodate automation and auxiliary equipment.
"We have committed to $4 million in machinery, $1 million in automation and robotics, and an additional $1 million in facility improvements and expansion," Mike Treadaway, vice president of operations for Tech Group Americas, said in a news release.
Tech Group Puerto Rico joined Tech Group in 1990. Tech Group employs about 1,600 and had sales of $188.4 million for the fiscal year ended June 24.