Inland Technologies Inc. may add two JSW all-electric injection molding presses at its Creedmoor, N.C., satellite division before the end of the year, and the company hopes to establish a third plant, in the upper Midwest, next year.
Inland wants the equipment in Creedmoor to pursue custom work to complement its main business there, production of disposable components for Alaris Medical Systems Inc.'s needle-free valve administration sets.
Inland and Alaris started working together in late 2003, said Glenn Crossno, president and co-founder of Fontana, Calif.-based Inland. Alaris is a San Diego-based subsidiary of Cardinal Health Inc. of Dublin, Ohio.
As part of their agreement, Inland leased about 16,000 square feet of a 120,000-square-foot Alaris facility in Creedmoor. Ken Fairchild is Inland's manufacturing director at the site.
Inland installed utilities and materials-handling systems to accommodate 18 molding machines, but started production in December with two JSW presses. Now the plant employs 25 and runs 10 JSW all-electrics, with clamping forces of 120-200 tons.
Meanwhile, by late 2005, Inland hopes to establish a stand-alone satellite plant in the upper Midwest to bring production closer to a half-dozen customers.
``Plans are in the works for the Minneapolis area,'' Crossno said.
In Fontana, Inland employs 120 and operates 43 presses. The plan recently bolstered subassembly capability, including an automated bonding system that anneals PVC tubing onto a polycarbonate part.
Inland opened in early 1993. It had 2003 sales of $16.8 million and projects sales of about $20 million this year.
The health-care market accounts for more than 80 percent of the firm's volume.