CHERRYVALE, KAN. (Aug. 5, 10 a.m. EDT) — Charloma Inc. is investing $750,000 to add one machine and expand its facility to accommodate it.
The Cherryvale rotational molder has bought a five-axis, computer numerically controlled router, said operations director David Spears. Its building will undergo a 24- by 110-foot expansion to fit the four-arm Ferry carousel machine. Charloma will add 10 employees; currently, the firm employs 34.
“We're growing more this year in the agricultural side with some additional customers,” Spears said in a July 22 telephone interview. “We weren't very involved in that before.”
The four-machine firm also has done a lot of work in the marine industry, where Spears said there is a shift toward rotomolded products vs. thermoformed or composite methods.
“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.