Rotational molder Granger Plastics Co. is taking steps to nearly double its capacity, beginning a $5.2 million project in June to add space and machinery to its current location.
The Middletown, Ohio, company is building a 30,000-square-foot addition that will push its facility up to 70,000 square feet of space by the end of the year, according to President Jim Cravens.
``We have to move the area we load and unload in, so it will have to be done in stages which won't shut us down,'' he said in a May 6 telephone interview.
Granger has 39 employees and three machines, but plans to grow by 25 employees and as many as five rotomolding machines, with plenty of auxiliary equipment. Cravens said the company also is buying $1 million in tooling.
The company got a tax break May 4 when the Middletown City Council approved a five-year, 75 percent abatement on property taxes on the addition.
For Granger, bigger is better. The company has built more than 700 tornado shelters in the past three years. Each one weighs 1,010 pounds.
The company also has produced a portable bunker, which weighs 980 pounds and can be dropped in the field so that a soldier does not have to dig a foxhole. The bunkers then are filled with sand or water. Cravens said the bunkers have been shipped to the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
``The last two years have been flat, but now we are working to get up to seven days, 24 hours a day,'' he said.
The company, which John Grimes founded in 1994, posted 2003 sales of $5.9 million. Cravens bought Grimes' stock in September 2002.