Injection molder Seitz Corp. is using its knowledge of China to build an incubator program to help other companies grow.
``When we saw the growth in China, it was unbelievable. We knew Seitz had to be there,'' said Chairman Alan Seitz.
The Torrington company develops and manufactures gear components, drive trains, motion-control actuators, fluid pumps and air-moving assemblies. In the past 18 months, Seitz has expanded its business by helping seven companies get licensed in China. Two of those companies are affiliated with Seitz.
Seitz began outsourcing work to China back in 1999 and has grown rapidly there in recent years. It now has a 110,000-square-foot facility in Changzhou and is starting on a 36,000-square-foot facility. Dawn Murphy recently joined the company as president of China operations. She knows the region, speaks the language and will take care of the incubator needs.
Seitz said the incubator program can accommodate as many as 25 companies, helping them deal with regulations and the local culture. The firm helps with manufacturing, engineering, tooling and design, bookkeeping and translation. He guards the names of the companies involved, but noted that a compounder is among the newest incubator members.
``This is designed for smaller companies,'' Seitz said.