Charloma Inc. is investing $750,000 to add one machine and expand its facility to accommodate it.
The Cherryvale rotational molder bought a five-axis, computer numerically controlled router. Its building will undergo a 24- by 110-foot expansion to fit in the four-arm Ferry carousel machine. Charloma will add 10 employees to its staff of 34.
``We're growing more this year in the agricultural side with some additional customers,'' said operations director David Spears. ``We weren't very involved in that before.''
The four-machine firm also does work in the marine industry, where Spears said there is a shift toward rotomolding vs. thermoforming or composites. ``People are willing to take a look at rotomolding as an option because they're trying to reduce the cost in their end products,'' he said.
Charloma reported $4 million in 2001 rotomolding sales.