Decatur Plastic opens Indiana flocking site
NORTH VERNON, IND. - Injection molder Decatur Plastic Products Inc. of North Vernon has opened a new plastic flocking site that could create as many as 20 jobs in the next year.
The 15,000-square-foot flocking site - also in North Vernon - opened in early January. Two new flocking lines have been installed, along with the two that had been operated at a 5,000-square-foot site, according to President John Kussman.
Flocking is a process in which coated and dyed nylon or polyester fibers are dispersed onto components to create a velour-type finish. The process often is used for automotive interior parts such as consoles and glove boxes, and holders for compact discs, coins and sunglasses.
Climate control is crucial in flocking, which is one of the reasons Decatur moved into the new climate-controlled site, Kussman said. The firm had experienced problems with temperature and humidity control at its previous flocking location.
The move could result in 10-20 new jobs and the creation of a second shift later this year, Kussman said by telephone. Decatur already employs 160 and runs 19 injection molding machines at an 80,000-square-foot site.
In addition to injection molding, Decatur offers secondary operations such as painting, plastic welding, decorating and assembly. The firm posted sales of $10 million in 2002 and expects to hit $13 million in 2003, including $2 million in flocking-related sales.
Century completing $3 million expansion
NEW WATERFORD, OHIO - Century Container Corp. is completing a $3 million expansion at several plants in a push to increase capacity.
The New Waterford company, a maker of pails and lids from high density polyethylene, wants to increase sales more than 50 percent to support the expansion at its three nearby facilities, said Chief Executive Officer Don Brothers.
With new equipment now in place, the 24-year-old company is able to produce about 7.5 million pails annually, he said. The expansion started about two years ago, he said.
The firm is entering the final expansion phase, converting part of a warehouse into a secondary molding operation. The 50,000-square-foot plant will gain two injection presses, one with 440 tons of clamping force and one with 220 tons. About one-third of the space will shift to molding, Brothers said.
Century Container also just added a 635-ton press at its main molding facility and plans to install a 730-ton machine in February, Brothers said. The main plant now operates 12 presses and has installed new automation equipment.
A third plant, housing printing presses to decorate pails, was expanded last year to accommodate two complete printing lines, Brothers said.
``We have a good game plan, and everything is in place to help us increase our sales,'' Brothers said. ``You have to have the volume at your facilities to be profitable.''
The family-owned company recorded about $12 million in sales last year, Brothers said.
Plastech purchasing 2 large-ton presses
FOREST LAKE, MINN. - Plastech Corp. recently installed a new, 1,000-ton Milacron injection press at its plant in Rush City, Minn., and plans to install a 1,500-ton, used model in February.
The first press had a list price of about $550,000 said David W. Brentz, senior vice president of sales and marketing. It has a 61.2-by-61.2-inch platen and a shot size of 179 ounces. It is the fourth 1,000-ton press in use by Plastech.
The injection molder specializes in tight-tolerance molding of engineering-grade resins and operates nine presses with clamping forces of 700-1,500 tons.
Plastech also is installing a 1,500-ton press at its Rush City facility during the first week of February, he said. It will be another Milacron press with a 232-ounce shot size.
The additions are being made to accommodate growing demand for larger parts, according to a news release.
Forest Lake-based Plastech operates 29 injection presses at its Rush City plant, in sizes of 55-390 tons. Its other plant in Amery, Wis., operates 31 presses with 55-390 tons.