All About Plastics LLC has started production at a 24,000-square-foot site in Greenville, Ohio, about 30 miles north of Dayton.
The business started operating about a month ago with three 250-ton injection presses and one 75-ton thermoset press, making parts for consumer and industrial markets with about five employees.
The firm is the combined effort of two women, Kelly Baker and Cheryl Bulcher. Their approach is to grow slowly and stay diversified. It's a modest start, they contend, but they'd rather have it this way than to carry a huge debt load.
``I would rather get in on this in the downside of the economic turn,'' Baker, co-president, said in a recent telephone interview. ``The people who got into it in the good times, they expanded too quickly. I'd rather ride the road up with the little overhead we have.''
Bulcher and Baker formerly operated a data processing company together. With 20 years of business experience, Baker returned to school for a degree in manufacturing engineering technologies with a specialty in plastics.
``We had the opportunity with the building being available,'' Bulcher said. ``We spent about five months getting the building ready and we all worked hard on it on our own. Because we had the building and machinery, we cut a lot of the start-up problems.''
Baker won't divulge the investment. After securing the equipment last fall, it was a natural progression. They also hope to use their business to help inventors make their ideas a reality.
``We have pooled our resources and efforts,'' she said, highlighting the college plastics professor they hired as an engineering consultant. ``The possibilities are endless. ... I knew this would be diversified.
``The invention part of it is where our passion is. We'd like to develop that more. We've got a couple ideas that we're working with. From the engineering standpoint, we really like the idea of bringing in the inventor.''