When Anthony McClain looks at injection molding in the automotive industry, he sees a stable business and an opportunity for the minority business owner.
That's why McClain, a process engineer who's been in the plastics industry for 17 years, formed Accurate Dimensional Molding Inc., which will begin operating in mid-August.
``It's been a dream for the last four or five years,'' said McClain.
He's chasing that dream with a half-million-dollar investment. McClain has leased a 4,000-square-foot building in Springfield, Tenn., and has purchased three Nissei all-electric molding machines with clamping forces of 66-170 tons. The company also will do light assembly work.
McClain said he has three customers lined up and is looking for more. He plans to hire 10 employees in the next two months, and perhaps reach 30-50 employees five years from now. He also would like to double the number of molding machines within three years.
Asked about the economy, he replied, ``It's really not bad. Automotive is flat, but people still buy [sport utility vehicles] and people still buy vans.''
McClain, who is African-American, said his business has an advantage because carmakers want a percentage of their suppliers to be minority-owned businesses.