A new, 100,00-square-foot facility in China isn't costing Seitz Corp. any jobs in the United States, the company said. Matter of fact, the custom injection molder has added 27 jobs since Jan. 1 at its Torrington, Conn., base, as its worldwide demand increases.
``Companies want people to provide production around the world,'' said President and Chief Executive Officer William McClane.
The company in July expanded its China operation, moving from a 24,000-square-foot facility to one nearly four times bigger in Changzhou.
The operation has 50 employees, including tool and die workers. It runs 10 injection molding machines with clamping forces of 80-125 tons.
McClane said the modern facility is Western-style, with modern amenities. The company may expand the operation, and may form a joint venture, he said.
A lot of the work in China involves making plug-and-play electronics units for buses and trucks, and he added that 95 percent of the work is for the Chinese market.
McClane said business also is strong in the United States. The company reported 2003 sales of $21 million in Plastics News' ranking of North American injection molders, but McClane noted that business was up 37 percent in the past year.
He said the company even talked with Rexam Cosmetic Packaging Inc. about acquiring product lines that it was phasing out in Torrington. However, those talks failed.
``We ship to 40 countries from this plant in Connecticut,'' he said.
The Torrington plant has 179 employees and runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 85,000-square-foot plant has a tooling shop and 36 injection presses from 28-770 tons.
Seitz designs and injection molds many gear types and components, including for automated teller machines, automated pill dispensers, intravenous feeding systems, auto- motive applications and data-processing products.
In the beverage market, Seitz makes parts for ice tea dispensers and a margarita drink mixer.