Bemis Manufacturing Co. Inc. has added to its fleet of specialty injection molding presses with the purchase of a 2,500-ton coinjection machine from Milacron Inc.
It joins six other coinjection presses - with clamping forces of 500-3,000 tons - at Bemis' Lenoir, N.C., facility, which produces parts for agricultural and large utility vehicles.
Sheboygan Falls-based Bemis has expanded the Lenoir plant to 182,000 square feet, up from 28,000 in 1999. It also has boosted employment to 180 from 60 in the same period.
Bemis expects to add 10-12 jobs with the new press, Jim Chapman, director of southeast operations, said in a Nov. 13 telephone interview.
The press will be used to make utility vehicle panels with molded-in color, with the finished parts weighing 15-20 pounds, Chapman said. The machine arrived at the plant Oct. 2 and now is up and running.
With coinjection, the company can combine materials with different properties for applications such as panels that have a high-gloss surface, with a core that is made of lower-cost resins.
The Milacron Maxima injection press is a two-platen machine with two 179-ounce injection units feeding a coinjection manifold jointly developed by Bemis and Milacron.