Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom reported these injection molding briefs.
HK outfits HQ plant with new presses
OCEANSIDE, CALIF. — HK Plastics Engineering Inc. of Oceanside added two Toyo injection molding presses in early April.
The firm purchased a new 150-ton unit and a used 35-ton press and now operates 16 machines from 28-330 tons.
"We are at capacity," Vice President Ron Krippner said by telephone. His brother, Gerry Krippner, is president.
HK molds computer and printer housings, sports equipment and medical parts. Sister company HK Screw Machine Products runs more than 65 Brown & Sharpe screw machines and makes some items that HK Plastics insert molds for swimming pool cleaners or business machines.
Together, the two evenly divided businesses employ 120, occupy 45,000 square feet and had 2000 sales of $11 million. In October, the San Diego Business Journal listed the family-owned operations as one of the county's 50 fastest-growing private firms.
Texas molder makes upgrade investments
EL PASO, TEXAS — Injection molder Falcon Plastics Inc. of El Paso has invested nearly $1.8 million in equipment, including new presses and a coordinate measuring machine for quality assurance.
Since December, Falcon has acquired 550-, two 230- and 150-ton Van Dorn machines as replacements for existing equipment.
"We are becoming more efficient," President Lee Hughes said by telephone. Falcon also has increased value-added subassembly work and ordered a Conair Group robot for use on a 230-ton press by May.
The firm employs 135 and operates 27 presses of 77-850 tons at its 100,000-square-foot plant. It had 2000 sales of $12.1 million. Hughes projected sales of about $12.7 million this year.
Special Projects building new plant
EAST LANSING, MICH. — Special Projects Engineering Inc. broke ground April 4 for a 7,000-square-foot plant in Mason, Mich., and expects to begin operations there by midsummer, said President Ed Goodman.The custom injection molder will move 15 miles from 4,600 square feet of leased space in East Lansing. Temporarily, it rented another building for overflow work. Operations include assembly and pad printing.
The firm focuses mostly on dental, medical and consumer markets, operating four Van Dorns of 150-350 tons and a 15-ton Boy.
The firm recorded sales of $820,000 for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 and projects sales of about $1 million in fiscal 2001. Goodman, which employs five, is adding two workers and a second shift in April.