Being small helped Remcon Plastics Inc. get bigger.
Remcon is adding two Springfield presses to its 57,000-square-foot structural foam molding division in Reading, Pa., at a cost of about $400,000. President Peter Connors said the relative small size of Remcon, with sales of $13 million, allowed it to make the purchases despite the weak economy.
``My sense of what's going on with our business is, we're a small company in terms of the overall market we serve,'' he said. ``And our ability to grow is not dictated by the economy but by our own sales and marketing efforts.''
The 350-ton press has a shot capacity of 35 pounds and extra-large platens, while the 150-ton press has a 25-pound shot capacity. The presses will be running by the end of June, Connors said.
Remcon employs 120 and Connors said the company could add six to 10 workers by January.
The additions bring to six the number of injection machines at Remcon's structural foam molding division, with clamping forces of 150-960 tons. The 20-year-old company started the division in 1996.
Remcon's other facility in Reading is an 80,000-square-foot rotational molding site with seven machines, though more may be added, Connors said. In addition to those facilities, Remcon owns a research and development company in Hendersonville, N.C., called Liquidlogic LLC, which specializes in kayaks. Manufacturing of the kayaks is done in Reading.
Remcon also manufactures industrial containers and is a contract molder.