LAKE WALES, FLA. (Aug. 5, 10 a.m. EDT) — Dura-Cast Products Inc. has spent about $500,000 to expand its main facility, add machinery and consolidate its rotomolding operations in one location.
Dura-Cast Products had operations spread over two sites a few miles apart, but expanded the larger site in Lake Wales to 50,000 square feet. It now houses eight rotomolding machines, and puts production and warehouse space under the same roof 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 company has added new pulverizing and granulating equipment, which, according to Wilson, enables Dura-Cast to better manage scrap.
Overall, the company is out to offer a wider variety of services. Starting from a sketch, it can design and engineer the part, fabricate the mold, do the molding and deliver the finished product.
The company also expanded its management team with Michael Putt, the 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 that the company has recently introduced a linen and laundry product with 45 cubic feet of capacity, and sees it as a new opportunity.
Dura-Cast reported sales of $3.2 million, an increase over last year's $2.9 million.
The company started 15 years ago making livestock feeding and agricultural tanks and equipment. Dura-Cast has since expanded to manufacture marine tanks, utility bins and containers, storage tanks, polyliners, tree containers and custom molded products.