Dalworth Technologies Inc. is expanding injection molding capacity for anticipated growth of a new residential window component.
The Crowley, Texas, company bought a 200-ton Toyo press and an 85-ton Toshiba at a recent auction and installed them alongside four existing presses, said sales engineer Lonnie Maxcy. The molder's main business is a proprietary line of window components made of glass-reinforced nylon 6/6.
Maxcy said the recently added presses were in start-up mode the week of July 8 and were to begin molding a new, reinforced-nylon sweep lock for windows. A prototype lock recently passed a stress and pull test that was designed by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, giving Dalworth the green light to market the part as a substitute for more costly cast zinc locks.
Maxcy said the nylon lock weighs just one-third of a zinc type. Company officials expect it to replace zinc locks slowly among vinyl and aluminum window manufacturers. Maxcy and company owners Fred and James Olinger have been working on the lock since Dalworth launched four years ago.
Dalworth's sales have grown 60 percent so far this year and should finish 2002 at nearly $1 million, Maxcy said. The firm is a subsidiary of Dalworth Mold & Tools Inc., also based in Crowley and owned by the Olingers. Maxcy said the molding operation churns out more than 75 million pieces annually.