Dutchland Plastics Corp. has followed up a March rotational molding machinery purchase with the addition of a 19-pound Sterling blow molding machine.
The Ootsburg, Wis., privately held manufacturer will add the fifth blow molding machine to its 80,000-square-foot Ootsburg facility that opened last year.
Co-owner and sales director Daven Claerbout said Dutchland will mold products for the transportation industry such as air ducts, and products for the food and ice industry.
``Our product line has really diversified,'' Claerbout said in an Aug. 2 telephone interview. ``Larger blow molding customers are getting busier. We've seen that in rotomolding, too. Our sales will be over $20 million this year.''
He said the new machine is tentatively booked through the rest of the year. Officials began seeing business pick up in February. In a matter of two week's time, Dutchland had added five new customers, Claerbout said. Several large existing customers have had busy years as well.
If business remains strong and steady, the firm may be prompted to add a sixth blow molding machine and potentially more space to the new facility.
In rotomolding, Dutchland also has grown into ``extensive use of mold-in graphics on new projects,'' he said. Dutchland started molding kayaks in February. The family-owned firm now has more than 240 employees, adding more than 50 this year alone.