Quebec mold maker Les Industries Rocand Inc. is doubling the size of its facility and targeting exports to New England.
Rocand will complete its expansion by the end of June, giving it about 20,000 square feet at its Quebec plant. The C$1.5 million expansion (US$980,000) will give the firm a new coordinate-measuring machine, spotting press and high-speed machining center, said President Andre Rochette.
The company plans to target the New England market because it is nearby, and because the firm is trying to diversify its customer base, he said. Much of its current work is in automotive, such as molds for fuel-tank systems and front and rear bumper fascias. It wants to expand into packaging and electronics, he said.
Rochette founded the company in 1996, and spent C$2 million (US$1.3 million) in 2000 to build its current headquarters, he said. He attributes the firm's growth to short lead times and good customer relations. He also said the relatively weak Canadian dollar gives his company advantages in the U.S. market.
The firm employs 32, double last year's figure, and expects to add 10 in the next 18 months.