Inland Technologies adds presses, space
FONTANA, CALIF. - Inland Technologies Inc. of Fontana is completing an expansion and adding three JSW all-electric injection molding machines.
The company is investing about $2 million to acquire and outfit a nearby structure, double its toolroom size, install a second 5,000-square-foot, Class 100,000 clean room and buy the presses.
``We hope to have all the work completed in September,'' Gary Hengeveld, co-owner and vice president, said by telephone.
Inland purchased the adjacent, 22,500-square-foot building in April and made improvements for toolmaking. The company now has a total of 62,500 square feet of space, giving its molding areas breathing space.
``We were trying to do assemblies between machines,'' Hengeveld said. ``That's not efficient.''
With the additions, Inland will operate 31 presses, including 11 JSW all-electrics, 17 JSW hydraulic machines and three Illinois Precision Corp. rotary-table insert molding machines with vertical clamps. Clamping forces range from 35-120 tons.
Inland temporarily has dropped plans for a Southern California acquisition, but said it still plans to establish a production site in the East.
Hengeveld and co-owner and President Glenn Crossno began Inland operations in early 1993. Inland employs 88 and has 11 people in temporary positions.
The firm specializes in high-precision components and had 2001 sales of $11 million, about 75 percent from health care. Hengeveld projects $15 million for this year's sales figure.
Worker dies after film plant injuries
BRENTWOOD, MO. - An employee at film producer Brentwood Plastics Inc. was killed July 19.
Brentwood Fire Chief Bob Niemeyer confirmed the death but did not provide details.
Serif Selimanovic sustained head and neck injuries when pulled into a machine, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Firefighters freed the worker from the machinery but he subsequently died at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Couer, Mo.
Company officials did not return telephone calls.
Nampac doubling size of Ga. factory
LITHONIA, GA. - North America Packaging Corp. will double the size of its Lithonia injection molding plant to meet local demand for open-head pails.
David Ray, vice president of marketing, said Nampac will double the plant's size to about 100,000 square feet and add four new injection presses. The presses probably will fall within the operation's current clamping range of 300-1,000 tons, he said in a telephone interview. The press supplier hasn't been specified yet, but Lithonia now mainly uses Milacron models.
Ray said Nampac expects to finish construction early in 2003. He did not disclose the cost of the project or the number of presses now in Lithonia.
The operation molds pails of 2-7 gallons and their covers. Demand is growing for the containers in institutional food, petroleum, building products and other markets.
Larry McVicker, Nampac chairman and chief executive officer, said sales from Lithonia and Toccoa, Ga., have been growing for several years and increased 10 percent in 2001 alone. Existing customers and new national accounts in the Southeast are fueling growth.
Nampac recently announced an expansion at its Cidra, Puerto Rico, container blow molding plant. The firm also said recently that it will open a 10th North American plant, an injection molding facility, in Cedar City, Utah, late this year.
Polymers make way into aviation meeting
OSHKOSH, WIS. - Polymer-reinforced materials were highly visible in Oshkosh during AirVenture 2002, the Experimental Aircraft Association's recent gathering.
Adam Aircraft Industries LLC of Englewood, Colo., exhibited its first A500. The six-person structure consists primarily of Toray's general-aviation carbon fabric and carbon unidirectional tape prepreg and, for sandwich construction, EuroComposite's Nomex honeycomb. Twin engines in a centerline-thrust configuration power the aircraft, which first flew July 11.
AirVenture displayed the gondola of Steve Fossett's hot-air balloon. A composite of carbon and Kevlar aramid fibers forms the unpressurized capsule, which has a plastic bubble hatch on top. Fossett lifted off June 19 from Northam, Australia, flew solo for 19,263 miles and landed July 3 in Australia's outback.
Xcor Aerospace of Mojave, Calif., ran initial public flights of the world's first rocket-powered airplane since World War II. The fiberglass, homebuilt EX-Rocket is a modified experimental craft. Isopropyl alcohol and liquid oxygen burn in two Xcor-built, 400-pound, thrust-rocket engines.
Polymer-matrix composites account for about 30 percent of the U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber's structural weight.