Media packaging company Tri-Tec Industries Ltd. is opening its third manufacturing location, extending its facilities from Canada down the East Coast.
The company, a maker of cases and trays for compact discs and DVDs, will open a 120,000-square-foot site in Gaffney, S.C., in July, said Mike Schafer, executive vice president of manufacturing. The company will spend about $10 million on injection molding equipment after leasing a vacant building.
The new site will allow the Mississauga, Ontario-based company to ship its media cases a shorter distance and cover most of the eastern United States and Canada, Schafer said. The company also has molding plants in Mississauga and in Olyphant, Pa.
The new facility will be highly automated, with robotics picking up the molded cases and assembling them, he said. The company also is adding chillers, towers and other support equipment on the 15-acre site.
Automation helps Tri-Tec compete against overseas case makers that have penetrated the North American market, he said.
``Our company is growing tremendously,'' Schafer said March 18. ``We have a customer base in the [Southeast], and now we have a nice line straight down the East Coast with our new plant. We were shipping product from Toronto to Texas, and now we can cut those distances.''
The new plant will be Tri-Tec's largest. The company started in 1992 and operates a 60,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga. The South Carolina site will operate under the name Universal Molding Inc., while its Pennsylvania facility uses the name Dynamic Molding Inc.
The new facility will start with about 30 workers. The company expects to add employees and equipment as business warrants, Schafer said. Tri-Tec has about 100 workers at its two other sites, molding cases and trays from polystyrene and polypropylene.
The company did not disclose annual sales, but Schafer said the firm has grown dramatically in its 13-year existence.