Cardinal Comb and Brush Manufacturing Corp. is expanding by taking over a former Home Products International plant in Leominster, Mass.
Cardinal bought the facility for undisclosed terms and will move there by mid-July, said Cardinal President Anthony Mazzaferro. The purchase included the 18 injection presses, with clamping forces of 350-1,500 tons, that HPI ran there.
The former HPI plant, at 94,000 square feet, nearly doubles Cardinal's space. It now has a 40,000-square-foot plant with 14 presses in Leominster and a 17,000-square-foot warehouse. Mazzaferro said in a telephone interview that the company will relocate most of its existing presses to the larger facility and sell the machines that it does not move. It plans to lease out its existing properties in Leominster after the move.
HPI closed its Leominster plant early this year as part of a cost-cutting program. It acquired the plant in 1996 when it bought Tamor Plastics Corp.
Mazzaferro said the extra capacity Cardinal has will help it pursue custom molding work. The company currently is a proprietary molder of combs, brushes and other hair-care products using polypropylene and polystyrene.
He said the large presses that Cardinal acquired in the deal will be especially useful in attracting custom molding business. The extra space also will allow Cardinal to improve its efficiency.
Cardinal, privately held by the Mazzaferro family, has done manufacturing in Leominster for 32 years.