Protomold Co. Inc. said it expects its 2003 sales to more than double from 2002 sales of $2.9 million.
``And we plan to double it again in 2004,'' said Bradley Cleveland, president and chief executive officer.
Protomold employs more than 70 in a 30,000-square-foot facility and targets a niche bridging the markets for rapid prototyping and volume molding.
During 2003, the firm added computer numerically controlled milling machines, injection molding machines and a weekend shift, giving it a full seven-day-a-week operation. Now, Protomold processes plastics on presses with clamping forces of 30-300 tons.
Protomold has a diversified base of more than 500 customers nationwide, with no company accounting for more than 3 percent of the business. The medical market is its largest segment, at about 30 percent.
Protomold combines three-dimensional, computer-aided-design technology and the high-speed CNC equipment to make injection molds quickly and specializes in low-cost prototypes and low-volume runs.