CHICAGO (July 2, 2:45 p.m. EDT) — Allan Omli wanted to outsource injection molding of his polypropylene products for the construction market, but he didn't want to take the business overseas.
“In 16 years, we never had a quality claim,” said the chief executive officer of B Kap Enterprises Inc., based in Rural Hall, N.C. “We feel it's better to control the quality over here. We're able to have more manufacturing and distribution options.
“Plastics aren't necessarily cheaper overseas. We shouldn't let them assault us like they have [other industries]. I believe we can compete on a cost basis. It doesn't mean as cheap, but it's close enough.”
B Kap decided to turn the molding over to Unimark Plastics Co. of Greer, S.C. The company will move B Kap's five 250-ton presses from its leased site in Rural Hall, N.C., to a Unimark facility in Springfield, Mo.
Unimark's site in Springfield currently has 28 presses. Unimark reported $74.7 million in injection molding sales for 2002, with five plants and 13 million pounds of throughput.