Kalfact Plastics Co. in Rockford, Mich., is adding three presses and about 20 employees as a result of a multimillion-dollar contract with automotive supplier Magna Donnelly Corp.
Ken Trupke, Kalfact general manager, said the custom injection molder is adding two 500-ton Van Dorn Demag presses and one 400-ton Engel machine at a total cost of $500,000. The two Van Dorns are in use, and the Engel is expected to be operating in early June.
Trupke said the expansion is a ``direct result'' of its contract, the specific amount of which was not revealed, with Holland, Mich.-based Magna Donnelly, a division of Magna International Inc. Kalfact will manufacture exterior rearview mirror brackets for Magna Donnelly to be used primarily on vehicles made by Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.
``It's exciting to be able, given the environment, to be adding employees and bringing in equipment,'' Trupke said. ``It's a nice position to be in.''
The employees being added primarily will be operators. Some support staff also will be hired. The firm currently employs slightly more than 75, Trupke said.
Kalfact operates 27 machines with clamping forces of 40-700 tons at its 70,300-square-foot facility. The company is owned by private investment firm GCI in Waukesha, Wis.