Large-part blow molding produces critical parts for the SmartGardener's Workshop, a greenhouse designed and marketed by Thinking Outside LLC of Detroit.
Western Industries Plastics Group of Winfield, Kan., is the main contract blow molder for the greenhouse, said Michael Greene, Thinking Outside chief executive officer and founder, in a telephone interview from his home in Reno, Nev.
Greenhouse parts weigh as much as 75 pounds. They are blow molded on Davis-Standard single-head, 75-pound and dual-head, 50-pound machines.
The greenhouse is complete with polycarbonate glazing and a range of storage features, and has 882 cubic feet of workspace. It is 10½ feet high, 11 feet wide and 12½ feet long.
Highlights include arched windows, upper and lower venting sections, garden hose access, doors at each end, ramped entries and a built-in utility table.
The greenhouse expands Thinking Outside's range of outdoor structures. The company also makes truck cargo boxes, all-season dog houses and storage sheds.
It relies on a combination of blow molding and structural foam injection molding to produce lightweight parts with rigidity demanded by the structures.
Greene said his 2½-year-old company uses 11 contract processors in North America. Its structural foam molders include 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics of Holiday City, Ohio, and Horizon Plastics Co. Ltd. of Cobourg, Ontario.
Greene said Thinking Outside's patented designs ``give consumers the conveniences of substantial, custom-built workspaces that can be assembled just about anywhere in a matter of hours.'' Patent-pending locking and bolting systems are supplied with the structures.
Sam's Club stores are the main sales outlet for Thinking Outside's large structures. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. handle the firm's smaller products, such as the truck toolbox.
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