Suburban Tool & Die expanding facility
ERIE, PA. - A ``modest expansion'' is bringing all of Suburban Tool & Die Co. Inc. of Erie under one roof while providing space for more equipment.
The additional 5,000 square feet will allow Suburban to bring its wire electric discharge machining operations in-house from a nearby rented facility, President David McGuire said in a June 11 telephone interview.
At the same time, Suburban will have room for additional milling equipment when the expansion work wraps up this fall, he said.
``We have found the investments in equipment, training and the marketplace we've needed to compete,'' he said.
The 35-employee business makes molds for injection molding and rubber and metal processing. It produces mostly small and midsize molds, with the largest coming in at 8,000-10,000 pounds. Its molds are used in the automotive, medical, telecommunications and office-supply industries.
The company was built on an ability to meet reduced lead times, he said, delivering molds within three to four weeks. It has around-the-clock production, and engineering is done on multiple shifts.
German firm Wilden opening tech center
REGENSBURG, GERMANY - Wilden AG, the German technical injection molder, plans to consolidate common functions including product development, project management and mold making in a new technical center in Wackersdorf, Germany.
The 53,000-square-foot Technical Competence Center will employ 180, according to the Regensburg-based company. The plant will include mold design, material laboratories, automation engineering, a training workshop and a small-run production unit.
``The TCC is our creative think tank for products and technologies. We want to intensify the exchange of experience between the engineers working in our various business areas, like for example, medical and technical plastic systems,'' said TCC director Manfred Baumann.
Wilden, one of Europe's larger injection molders, operates 13 production plants, plus offices in Europe, the United States and Asia. Wilden has more than 300 presses, at locations in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic, China. The company reported 2003 sales of 144 million euros ($173 million).