Waterbury Cos. Inc. is taking advantage of a $4 million renovation and expansion of an existing building it owns to fashion a new headquarters and expand its captive injection molding ability.
The news follows a decision in August to close a molding plant in Randolph, Vt. Most of the work done there has been shifted to China.
The Waterbury, Conn.-based company molds and sells professional hygiene, janitorial and insecticide products.
Waterbury Cos., which traces its roots back to 1812, is moving to a 68,000-square-foot facility about a mile from its former headquarters. President Carl D. Contadini said the move should be complete by April 1.
For the first time in 45 years, Waterbury will have an injection molding machine running at its headquarters site. Five or six presses will be installed in the coming months, Contadini said. Waterbury has hired 10 workers for the captive molding operations, and plans to add 20, he said.
The new facility also will be used for assembly and distribution
The company has been phasing out production at its Randolph plant for several months, cutting 70 jobs.
``We ship globally and a problem for us is that all of our competitors' products do not come from this country, so we have to blend our manufacturing on a global basis to maintain our competitiveness,'' Contadini said.
He noted that the company has a partnership in China, as well as operations in Louisiana, Georgia, Toronto, England and Spain.