Casco Group is combining its nonautomotive and automotive extrusion businesses as part of expansion and cost-cutting programs.
The firm is putting the businesses under one roof in an expanded facility in Imlay City, Mich. Casco recently boosted floor space of the facility to 35,000 square feet, from 20,000 square feet.
The expanded operation houses 12 extrusion lines as well as corporate headquarters, sales, engineering and research and development.
Casco spent about $1.5 million to expand the facility, move equipment and add machinery, said President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Snooks.
Imlay City offered tax abatements to help sway Casco to consolidate its extrusion there. The expanded plant space means Casco also has more production capacity.
The automotive extrusion work was done in a Chesterfield, Mich., facility that Casco has sold.
The extrusion moves follow relocation last year of Casco's Detroit Molded Products group.
Formerly only a two-press operation in Chesterfield that relied heavily on outside injection molders, Detroit Molded has grown to a 12-press operation doing most of its own work in its new facility in nearby Ira Township.
Its presses have clamping forces of 75-750 tons, and they mainly mold automotive interior parts like latches, handles and decorative components.
Casco also has reinforced its roots as a tool builder by expanding the business and locating it in Ira next to the injection molding unit.
The tool unit, Harmony Automation Co., allows Casco to build most of its tools. Harmony's 12,000-square-foot operation includes stand-alone trimming and assembly fixtures and turnkey automated systems.
A relatively new business for Casco is Fabribond, an auto-seating product that allows customers to save labor, floor space and inventory.
It comprises an extruded J profile made of polypropylene, to which a PP fabric is attached by needle punching. The process saves labor over conventional sewing methods to attach the J profile.
Tier 1 auto supplier Johnson Controls Inc. is one user of Fabribond.
Casco, privately held by the Snooks family, will have sales of about $12 million this year, Charles Snooks said in a recent telephone interview.