Plaspros builds in Ill., expands in Miss.
WOODSTOCK, ILL. - Custom injection molder Plaspros Inc. is building a new plant in Illinois and expanding its Batesville, Miss., operation.
Plaspros will invest $5 million in a new, 77,000-square-foot building in McHenry, Ill., to replace three other facilities in the state - its Woodstock headquarters plant and an adjacent warehouse, and an operation in South Boyd that it closed in March.
President and owner David Georgi said groundbreaking for the McHenry facility took place in late April. The firm plans to move into the purpose-built plant in late November. Plaspros was unable to find suitable industrial space in Woodstock for a new building, while McHenry officials were helpful in the relocation plan, Georgi said in a telephone interview. He predicts initial employment at the McHenry site will be 115, rising to 145 within three years.
In Batesville, Plaspros is constructing a 15,000-square-foot addition due to open in midsummer. The $200,000 structure will serve as a warehouse for the 28,500-square-foot manufacturing plant.
Plaspros is a diverse molder that recorded sales of $21 million last year. Georgi said despite the flurry of expansion planning, his staff successfully just started a computerized quality-management system for all of Plaspros' facilities.
Calif. rotomolder opening shop in S.C.
TUSTIN, CALIF. - Rotational molder Ronco Plastics Inc. of Tustin is establishing an East Coast production site in Lancaster, S.C., this summer.
``We think there is a need for our customer service down there,'' owner Ronald Pearson said by telephone. Also, the location will reduce cross-country freight costs.
Ronco leased a 10,000-square-foot facility on 21/2 acres in April and by July 1 intends to install a Ronco-made, two-arm rotomolding oven, probably measuring 12 feet in length.
Also in Lancaster, Ronco will begin hot-air welding and fabrication, particularly for acid pumping and neutralization stations related to chemical and plating tanks. The Tustin site will continue to outsource fabrication.
Tim Kreier, formerly with Ryan Herco Products Corp., a distributor of fluid-handling products in Burbank, Calif., will manage Ronco's Lancaster facility.
Ronco was founded by Pearson in 1976, employs 22 and had 2002 sales of about $3 million. The Tustin facility has 24,000 square feet of space and operates five rotomolding machines that make tanks of 3-500 gallons for marine, chemical and other industries.
SPI plastics machinery stats show gain
WASHINGTON - The beleaguered U.S. plastics machinery market grew slightly in 2002, in dollar sales, according to the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
SPI said the modest gain indicates the market is starting to rebound from a cyclical bottom and should see positive growth this year. According to the Washington trade association, the value of U.S. shipments for 2002 totaled $1.19 billion, a 2.5 percent increase from 2001 shipments of $1.16 billion.
The shipment-dollar increase was significantly higher, nearly 23 percent, when comparing the fourth quarter of 2002 with fourth-quarter 2001, SPI said.
SPI's Committee on Equipment Statistics released a summary of the 2002 numbers May 5. The data covers injection molding machines, extruders, blow molding machines, auxiliary equipment and screw and barrel shipments.
SPI said new orders increased nearly 7 percent for injection, blow molding, extrusion and auxiliary equipment, to $1.26 billion.
Summit Polymers constructing plant
PORTAGE, MICH. - Auto parts molder Summit Polymers Inc. plans to build a new injection molding plant in Shelbyville, Tenn., according to a newspaper report.
Summit broke ground last week on the new facility, reported The Chattanoogan. The plant will employ about 175. Portage-based Summit operates nine plants in the United States. It specializes in molded interior trim such as air-conditioning registers and instrument panel components. About a year ago it was one of three plastics molders chosen to set up in a new supplier park in Chicago that Ford Motor Co. plans for this year.