Lindar Corp. has moved most of its thermoforming equipment into its new plant in Baxter, Minn.
Lindar more than doubled its space in the $3.5 million, 60,000-square-foot facility. Its previous 25,000-square-foot operation in Baxter was crowded and would not allow Lindar to take on more work, according to president and owner Tom Haglin. Lindar will continue to use about half its former facility for warehousing.
The company runs eight thermoforming lines that convert roll and sheet stock into packaging, paint sundries and industrial products. Two customers are Sherwin Williams, for which it thermoforms paint tray liners, and Pillsbury Corp., for which it makes food packaging trays. Lindar can perform thin- and heavy-gauge thermoforming and pressure forming and buys polyolefins, styrenics, PVC and glycol-modified PET.
Human resource manager Amie Anderson said seven lines have been relocated to the new facility in Baxter Industrial Park and the last line will join them in early March.
Lindar's growth is in part due to diversification. New contracts include one to thermform hoods for shopping cart retrieval systems and to make the seat portion of baby strollers for Kohl's Department Stores. Sales grew to $5.2 million in 2001, the firm's eighth year in production. Employment has risen to about 50.
The new building has a more efficient layout and space for expansion of manufacturing, said Haglin. Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. and the Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College assisted with Lindar's investment in the facility.
Lindar completed construction of the building late last year.