Meyer Plastics Inc. has invested about $1.25 million to build a 25,000-square-foot facility in Richland, Wash., and another $400,000 for more toolmaking equipment. After several years of planning, the custom and proprietary injection molder moved 76 miles from a 14,000-square-foot plant in Yakima, Wash.
Construction began in August 2001 and operations in Richland started in mid-May, Robert Meyer, president and owner, said by telephone. Capabilities include part and mold design, mold building and injection molding. The paper and plastics packaging firm uses different densities of polyethylene in its newspaper-delivery tubes and core plugs.
The company received a Haas computer numerically controlled milling machine in June and a Bridgeport Easy Track CNC mill in August. A RÃ¶ders high-speed CNC mill with a spindle speed of 36,000 revolutions per minute was en route. Meyer also operates a 1983 Shizuoka CNC mill. The toolroom can build molds weighing 6,000 pounds.
In the injection molding area, electrical, water and air services and material conveying for nine Van Dorn HT and ET presses of 25-500 tons were placed in 36-inch-deep, covered trenches along the building's inside perimeter. Utilities are brought up at individual machine stations. Meyer primarily uses Conair auxiliary equipment.
The business was established in 1970 and, in mid-August, employed 16.