Clarion Technologies Inc. is expanding in Iowa to keep up with contracts for the home-appliance and consumer-goods industries.
The Grand Rapids injection molder announced Sept. 13 it has leased a 124,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Ames, Iowa. Clarion opened its first Iowa presence in December, when it took over two factories in Pella that once housed Pella Plastics.
The company has won additional business in the region, President Bill Beckman said in a news release. It will ramp up production at Ames through the next several months.
Iowa is home to Maytag Corp., which produces consumer appliances under the Maytag and Amana brand names.
Clarion also has struck a deal to build a new plant in Mexico to supply consumer-appliance customers moving into that region.
The company has increased its business to the home-appliance industry during the past few years.
When the founders of Clarion opened the firm in the late 1990s, they came from a background in automotive plastics, and set a target of splitting sales among the auto, consumer-goods and heavy-truck industries.
In 2001, more than half of the company's sales came from the auto industry, with consumer products making up 40 percent. Those market statistics since have switched.
Clarion did more than $97 million in sales for 2003, with 68 percent of it in consumer goods and 32 percent in automotive, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The molder posted $57.7 million in sales for the first six months of 2004, a $10 million increase from a year earlier.