Ohio-based custom molder World Class Plastics Inc. has opened a plant in Rome, Ga., to mold parts for automotive customers in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and North and South Carolina.
Production began in September.
The 7,000-square-foot plant is small, with just three Sumitomo all-electric presses, but it is highly automated, said Ken Jenkins, vice president of sales and engineering, interviewed at Plastics Encounter Midwest, where World Class Plastics exhibited.
The new plant can run lights-out. Two of the five employees in Georgia are mechanical engineers, Nick Wisniewski and Andy Miller.
Jenkins said the Sumitomo machines, with clamping forces of 50-130 tons, currently make 15 automotive interior parts such as caps, covers, closures and steering wheel components, that go on cars from Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
World Class Plastics is based in Russells Point, Ohio. The company recently doubled its space there with an expansion.
Companywide, the automotive market accounts for 70 percent of World Class Plastics' molded parts, Jenkins said. Customers include Honda, Nissan, Toyota Motor Corp., General Motors Corp. and Delphi Corp. At Russells Point, World Class runs 30 injection presses of 18-350 tons, all equipped with Yushin robots. The company is adding a used, 720-ton Sumitomo to make its largest automotive parts to date - seating components. Jenkins said that machine will be installed before the July 4 shutdown.