A California molder plans to set up an operation in Colt, Ark., to overcome space constraints at its Los Angeles headquarters.
Q-Tops Plastic Manufacturing Inc. expects to begin operating a new business in Colt by July. A spokesman said it was too early to provide much detail, but the company plans to set up in a former rubber processing plant vacated by RBX Industries Inc. a year ago. The facility has 225,000 square feet of space.
Q-Tops runs injection molding presses and blow molding machines in its 60,000-square-foot plant in Los Angeles, mainly making parts for child-products manufacturer Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. of Chicago.
The Arkansas operation, to be named K-Tops Plastic Manufacturing Inc., also will do injection molding for Kolcraft. Kolcraft's line includes juvenile walkers, highchairs, strollers and diaper pails. Mass retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Sears sell the company's products.
Colt straddles Cross and St. Francis counties, and each will provide $200,000 to assist in the launch. The firm said it expects to employ about 200 in Colt within a year. K-Tops plans to expand in October and early 2006.
Q-Tops is owned by Charles Hsieh and his wife, Nancy.