A new custom injection molding company has been launched in Oklahoma by the former owner of another small molder and several other partners.
Discovery Plastics LLC formed in July 2001 in Miami, Okla., and recently ramped up to full capacity, said manager Tom Paul, who had owned Columbus Custom Molding of Columbus, Kan.
The company's owners also include another majority partner and an ``extremely minor'' investment from Blitz USA Inc., a blow and structural foam molder also based in Miami, Paul said.
Paul emphasized that Blitz and Discovery are run separately, and that Discovery serves many customers other than Blitz. Blitz officials mentioned the company during the National Hardware Show, held Aug. 10-12 in Chicago, but declined to give further details.
Paul closed his former company and moved some equipment to the new, 33,600-square-foot leased building, he said. Discovery has about 60 employees and 13 injection presses ranging in clamping force from 250-850 tons, he said. The company would like to expand the building to 50,000 square feet within the next year, depending on business, he said.
``We moved to Miami to be in closer proximity to the interstate highway and because we received [tax] incentives from the city,'' Paul said. ``In this part of the country there hasn't been a great deal of injection molding work, and that's an opportunity for us.''
The new company will mold products for such markets as health and fitness, electronics, pet supplies and other consumer goods, he said. Discovery also intends to purchase a 1,500-ton press eventually for larger molding projects, Paul added.
In other news from the hardware show, Blitz is launching several new products to expand both its lawn and garden area and its list of structural foam molding products, said Todd McClain, Blitz vice president of sales. Those products include PicnaBench, a structural foam item that converts from a bench to a picnic table, and durable ramp kits to load machinery, lawn tractors and vehicles in outdoor locations.
Blitz's marriage of structural foam and lawn and garden products has led to the development of a new bird bath that is better insulated from the elements, McClain said. The company injects nitrogen in a gas-assist process to provide better strength, he said.
Blitz claims to be one of the largest makers of blow molded gas cans in the United States.