For Universal Plastics Corp., moving its offices and thermoforming equipment has taken nearly eight months longer than expected, but now the wait is over.
The $3.2 million project wrapped up this month, according to President Joe Peters.
The company moved much of its operation from its mill space in Chicopee, Mass., a few miles to a 75,000-square-foot facility in Holyoke it purchased in August. The company will maintain its Chicopee site for assembly operations.
``There was no burden of pressure to get out [of the current space], so it worked to our benefit, because we got everything we wanted in the new building,'' Peters said in a recent telephone interview.
Peters noted that once UPC completed the purchase and began renovations, the company decided to expand its original plan.
It gutted the building, opened up more manufacturing space, redid the floor, installed a new sprinkler system and created office space.
The company also decided to add equipment. Universal purchased a Sencorp 2500 thin-gauge packaging thermoforming machine and a multitude of support equipment.
Peters said the move was spread across three weeks to keep production flowing.
Universal moved 15 heavy-gauge thermoforming and pressure-forming machines as well as support equipment to Holyoke.
The company performs heavy- and thin-gauge thermoforming, and manufactures products ranging from two-tone kayaks to recycled plastic stop signs and retail displays.