Custom injection molder El-Jay Plastics Inc. has completed its merger with A.J. Collins Spout and Fitment.
Collins relocated to El-Jay's Addison plant about 18 months ago, but the firms officially merged the week of Aug. 5. The combination was renamed Marathon Manufacturing Inc., said Fred McGowen, Marathon's North American business manager.
Marathon runs 16 injection presses with top clamping forces of 350 tons in Addison, McGowen said. The diverse molder recently added automotive parts to its business.
Collins makes dispensing spouts and caps for tight-tolerance applications such as laboratory chemicals and cosmetic creams. The companies were founded in 1949 and 1969, respectively.
El-Jay was running below capacity and Collins' molding requirements helped fill out press time when Collins moved, said Marathon owner Roy Hall. Collins formerly was based in Elk Grove, Ill.
Hall said McGowen's experience in injection molding and ultrasonic welding helped smooth the merger of the companies. McGowen's background includes positions at Hermann Ultrasonics of Schaumberg, Ill., and Dukane Ultrasonics of St. Charles, Ill. McGowen and Hall said Marathon will diversify and add new technology, but they did not elaborate. Marathon sales were not disclosed.