Plastec Industries Inc., a maker of decorative plant saucers and other plastic home products, is expanding its design area and moving its product line into the kitchen.
The Delray Beach, Fla., company will renovate about 2,200 square feet of its company offices, about a third of its total headquarters space, and add a full-scale design and engineering area, said Plastec President Kathleen Sellers during the National Hardware Show, held Aug. 10-12 in Chicago.
The family-owned company plans to create a loft atmosphere with brick walls and hardwood floors, and add three designers to its staff, Sellers said. The project will be completed by Thanksgiving, she said.
``This positions us better for the mass market,'' Sellers said. ``We'll have more control of projects, instead of outsourcing them to other [design] firms. With the growth that we've had, this ties us better to our customers.''
The firm, a division of Delray Beach-based Alice Ink Inc., is launching sophisticated kitchen products called Architec Housewares.
Plastec expects to market those products to mass retailers that are increasingly stocking more upscale housewares items, Sellers said.