Miniature Precision Components Inc. has invested $1.9 million to expand two of its factories, a large-tonnage molding operation in Walworth and its molding and assembly plant in Prairie du Chien, Wis.
In December, MPC finished a 20,000-square-foot expansion to the Walworth plant. The factory had opened in 2002 with about 47,670 square feet of space.
The large-tonnage molding plant has won new business since it opened with just five presses and 40 employees. Now it runs 16 presses, with clamping forces of 450-1,430 tons, molding parts such as engine covers, coolant bottles and engine shields. About 160 people work there now, said plant manager Rich Simonson.
In a Jan. 28 interview in Walworth, Simonson said two more presses are to be delivered in late March - Milacron two-platen Maxima presses with clamping forces of 550 tons and 1,100 tons.
MPC also is adding 25,000 square feet to its factory in Prairie du Chien. MPC President Jim Brost said the addition should be completed in April. Currently, the building measures 75,500 square feet.
Brost said new business is the reason for the expansion. ``It's for some insert-molded cooling component parts,'' including thermostat housings and water crossovers, he said. Once the expansion is finished, the company plans to buy additional equipment, Brost said.
MPC also has added a three-dimensional printer for rapid prototyping from Z Corp. The machine quickly turns out productionlike parts as early models.