Blow Molded Specialties Inc.'s recent expansion has freed up manufacturing space for new equipment by adding warehouse space for storing and shipping its larger parts.
The Foley, Minn.-based company added 16,000 square feet to its plant, doubling the size of its warehouse area, and is installing two new accumulator-head blow molding machines, President Jeff Spethmann said Oct. 27.
The blow molder has spent more than $1 million on the building and equipment, a sizable sum for a firm that recorded about $6.3 million in sales last year, Spethmann said. The expansion was needed to keep pace with growth and customer needs, he said. Completed in late spring, the plant expansion gives the firm about 46,000 square feet in Foley, Spethmann said.
``The larger parts that we make take a lot of space,'' Spethmann said. ``We needed the room, and we still have more space to expand here as the market demands.''
The custom blow molder makes fuel tanks for portable generators, under-the-hood duct work for heavy trucks and both large and medium-sized parts for off-road vehicles, campers, recreational vehicles, displays, appliances and other uses, Spethmann said.
Blow Molded Specialties has installed a Milacron accumulator-head machine with a 10-pound head and a robotic finishing cell that will automate the cutting, drilling and trimming of parts. In mid-November, the company will install a 25-pound-head accumulator machine from Milacron, Spethmann said.
The company will have nine lines once the new equipment is in place, he said. It also plans to add about a dozen workers, bringing its total to about 68, Spethmann said.
Blow Molded Specialties, founded in 1992, was purchased in 1998 by Minneapolis-based Upper Midwest Industries Inc. At that time, the firm recorded sales of $3 million and employed 30.
Another expansion in 1999 doubled the building's size and helped drive its current growth, Spethmann said. The company plans to further automate its shipping area, he said.