Advent Tool & Mold Inc. is expanding to allow the company's injection molding side to keep pace with its tooling operation.
The firm is to get four new Arburg presses by this month, and by midyear will add 12,000 square feet to its plant in Rochester, N.Y. The space is earmarked for warehousing and the eventual addition of two injection presses with clamping forces of 1,000 tons, said sales and marketing manager Larry Lehning. The company installed its first 1,000-ton press in March.
The four Arburg presses range from 58-277 tons and take Advent to 34 machines. The company will invest about $700,000 in the equipment and in-house training, Lehning said.
The precision parts maker is running out of space for its molding business, Lehning said in a Jan. 21 telephone interview. Advent began as a toolmaker in 1978, but has shifted a bulk of its business to custom molding.
About 90 percent of Advent's injection molds go for the company's molding business, Lehning said. And even the tooling side recently expanded, adding high-speed machining equipment, he said.
``We have more space constraints in our molding area,'' Lehning said. ``We have some additional orders for production, and we need to increase capacity.''
The expansion is part of a longer-range plan for the company during the next two to three years, Lehning said. The company has the land to nearly double the size of its current, 53,000-square-foot facility, he said.
Advent specializes in complex parts for automotive, office and consumer products. With the expansion, Advent will add 25-30 employees within six months, bringing the total to more than 150, he said.
The company recorded about $15 million in sales last year, Lehning said.