Dura-Cast Products Inc. has spent about $500,000 to expand its main facility, add machinery and consolidate its rotomolding operations in one location.
The company had operations at two sites a few miles apart. The firm expanded the larger site in Lake Wales, Fla., to 50,000 square feet, and it now houses eight rotomolding machines, and puts production and warehousing together in a five-building complex.
``This greatly improves our plant's efficiency, profitability, and decreases the response time from order entry to customer delivery,'' said Vice President David Orcutt.
The tank maker said it has added new pulverizing and granulating equipment that enables Dura-Cast to manage scrap better.
Overall, the company is out to offer a wider variety of services. Starting from a sketch, it can design and engineer a part, fabricate the mold, do the molding and deliver the finished product.
The company also expanded its management team with Michael Putt, general manager; Tina Ford, plant manager; Matthew O'Halloran, metal fabrication and mold manufacturing manager; and Fred Wilson, manager of sales, marketing and customer service.
Wilson said the company recently introduced a linen and laundry product with 45 cubic feet of capacity, and sees it as a new opportunity.
Dura-Cast reported 2001 sales of $3.2 million, an increase over $2.9 million in 2000.