Accent Home Products Inc. is beefing up production with two coinjection molding machines to process polypropylene and thermoplastic elastomer parts.
The 450- and 250-ton Negri Bossi presses will be added to five others the Montreal-based storage products maker has installed during the past year, officials said Aug. 12 at the National Hardware Show in Chicago.
The firm operates a total of 20 presses, producing housewares and hardware storage in a 340,000-square-foot facility, said senior manager Evan Feldman.
Feldman would not disclose what product the company will mold on the machines. ``We have a product planned for [them] immediately,'' he said. ``The product will launch at retail in November.''
The firm's most popular product in the U.S. market is the Strap Wrench, which is sold under the Sears Craftsman brand name.
Until last year, family-owned Accent had operated out of four separate buildings in Montreal with a total combined space of 150,000 square feet. Feldman would not say how much the company invested in the expansion.
``Our business in the United States has been up double-digits this year, so we're quite optimistic,'' Feldman said, although he would not provide details on sales.
The company began in housewares storage eight years ago with the acquisition of Holt International.
``We wanted to be able to design and develop our own products and have better control over our destiny,'' he said.