Evco Plastics of DeForest, Wis., aims to increase its molding of large parts, further penetrate the medical and packaging markets and pursue short-run, value-added products.
``We are growing by design and have targeted specific industries,'' said Colleen Conway, Evco director of business development.
The custom injection molder is committed to global expansion and may establish a presence in Eastern Europe within the next year or two, Conway said.
Evco has carried its China involvement beyond a 1989 joint venture in Shenzhen with mold maker NE Mould Design & Manufacturing Co. Ltd. While that venture continues, Evco Shenzhen began its own contract manufacturing in a 15,000-square-foot plant in 2000. In late December, the unit relocated to a wholly owned, 73,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility. The plant has seven presses. Evco Shenzhen handles small-part assemblies for export, numerous secondary operations and large-part molding for the Chinese market.
In Mexico, Evco and a privately held partner built a facility in Guadalupe in 2001. The venture, Evco Plastics de Mexico S de RL de CV, operates 18 presses.
Including its joint ventures, Evco operates eight manufacturing plants and employs more than 700 in the three countries.
Evco serves the appliance, transportation and consumer goods markets. It also serves the industrial and commercial, medical, packaging, office furniture and recreation segments.
Last year's sales increased nearly 8 percent over 2002.
Evco operates 112 presses with clamping forces of 28-3,300 tons, including 13 of 1,000 tons or larger for large-part molding. A few months ago, the firm added a 2,200-ton Van Dorn machine at its Calhoun, Ga., plant.
The company is working on a quick-lead-time tooling concept that could establish around-the-clock production cycles linking the firm's Reno, Nev., machining center and its partner's Shenzhen design center. The goal: fast production in Reno of standard-unit tools, usually of aluminum, to accommodate customer prototype requirements.
The legal entity Don Evans Inc., named for the founder, does business as Evco Plastics. A son, Dale M. Evans, was named president in 1991 after serving as chief operating officer beginning in 1981.