Computer Designs Inc. has leased a facility in High Point as it looks to build a more permanent home in the Carolina area sometime during the next two years.
The Whitehall, Pa.-based thermoformer has invested between $500,000 and $700,000 in the leased, 16,000-square-foot plant that will operate one DT/Sencorp 2500 machine and employ about 12 during the next year. Computer Designs employs 65 at its other facility, in Whitehall.
Sales executive Chuck Ortwein said growth in the medical, electronics and consumer packaging markets, as well as a desire to be closer to its customers, is the reason for opening the facility in North Carolina.
``Our major customers are down there already,'' he said. ``This is to support their growth and support where we see the market growing.''
A major part of Computer Designs' business is in the design and production of plastics packaging for medical and surgical instrumentation, static-sensitive electronic components and high-end goods, according to its Web site. Computer Designs had sales last year of $6.9 million, according to Plastics News' thermoformers ranking.