Techni-Met expands with second facility
WINDSOR, CONN. - Techni-Met Inc., which specializes in precision sputtered-coated thin films, nearly doubled its capacity recently with the opening of a 37,000-square-foot facility in Bloomfield, Conn.
The new facility supplements Techni-Met's 38,000-square-foot corporate and production facility in Windsor, which is about five miles away. In the two buildings, Techni-Mat now has seven sputtering systems.
Charles Regul, director of corporate development, said the expansion took about a year, and the company had to build its own proprietary lines.
The company uses magnetron and reactive sputtering processes to produce single- or multilayered vacuum depositions of precious and nonmagnetic metals, alloys, ceramics or compound coatings on flexible substrates. It also offers prototype and product development services.
Techi-Mat deals mostly with electronics, but also does work for medical, aerospace, defense and automotive industries.
In its main building, the company has two Class 7 clean rooms for environmentally sensitive products. It also does rewinding and slitting. Techni-Mat, founded in 1995, has 30 employees.
Michelex to acquire two more DVD lines
MASSENA, N.Y. - Wells Fargo Bank recently renewed a $7.5 million credit line for Michelex Corp., and the Massena-based firm is purchasing two more lines to make digital versatile disc cases.
Michelex duplicates compact discs, produces audiocassettes and provides media packaging services, trading as an over-the-counter, bulletin board stock. Michelex reported sales of $12.3 million and a loss of $543,000 for the seven months ended Sept. 30.
Promold adds Nissei all-electric machine
CROMWELL, CONN. - Promold Plastics has added an all-electric, 33-ton Nissei Elject NEX 300 injection molding machine to boost its precision molding capabilities.
Operations director Bill Bulman said the machine, installed in March, has a new controller that permits high-speed management of injection time. Monitoring can be done via laptop or phone connection. The press also has software to equalize control of the barrel heaters.
A movable platen combined with a stationary platen helps reduce process variation. The shot size can be as small as 0.4 ounce.
Promold now operates 14 injection presses, with clamping forces of 28-300 tons. The custom molder and toolmaker focuses on building products demanding tight tolerances and high precision. It serves the medical and electronics markets.
The privately held company employs 50 in a 30,000-square-foot facility. The firm was founded in 1967 by Riccardo Puglielli and is in its second generation with his son, Richard Puglielli, as the president.
Cromwell-based Promold also offers pad printing, sonic welding, tapping, drilling and insert pressing.
Dow, Alcoa team up on new vinyl siding
PITTSBURGH - Alcoa Home Exteriors Inc. of Pittsburgh and Dow Building Materials have joined forces on a new, foam-backed vinyl siding.
``This ... represents a new generation of engineered siding. In developing this product, we are making a dramatic leap in the technology with rigorous [research and development],'' Alcoa President Gary Acinapura said in a recent news release.
Details were not available on where the product will be manufactured, but it will use Dow's Styrofoam. Officials said the siding will offer superior strength, high durability, noise reduction, water resistance and energy savings.
Dow Building Materials is a unit of Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich.
Home Depot to sell Trex composite deck
WINCHESTER, VA. - Trex Co. Inc. will have its wood-composite decking products in some Home Depot Stores by summer.
The Winchester-based profile extruder announced the agreement April 15.
Spokeswoman Maureen Murray said Trex has no intention of taking its focus away from its primary distribution method, through distributors and contractors. Home Depot Stores Inc., based in Atlanta, derives 70 percent of its business from do-it-yourselfers and 30 percent from contractors.
``This is their way of reaching another channel,'' Murray said. ``We think this is going to have cross-merchandising appeal.''
Competitor Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. of Springdale, Ark., announced a similar deal last year with Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse.