Custom injection molder Thermold Corp. has observed slight volume gains that, if continued, might require more equipment.
``We are running into a semi-bottleneck in our lower-tonnage machines,'' said Hunt Ethridge III, vice president and co-owner. ``We will wait to see if the trend continues, and, if it does, we may look for another 50-ton machine. At this time, we are not looking at any new pieces of equipment.''
Thermold employs 50, operates 16 presses with 50-400 tons of clamping force and was projecting sales of $4 million for the year ended March 31. The firm has ISO 9001:2000 certification and occupies 30,000 square feet on an 18-acre site in Canastota. Annually, Thermold processes about 3.1 million pounds of resin, mostly engineering thermoplastics and alloys for electronics, appliance and cosmetic applications.
Since the business was formed in 1945, some Thermold employees have logged particularly long tenures. Mold technician Grant Clark retired from Thermold after 54 years of service, machine operator Pauline Brundige after 52 years, secondary operations supervisor Barbara Emmons after nearly 52 years, maintenance manager Robert Magee after 45 years and machine operator Shirley Abbott after 38 years.
``Forty percent have over 20 years'' of service, and some at Thermold represent the third generation from families, Ethridge said. Both Ethridge and the other co-owner, President Ronald Farley, followed their fathers into the business.