Tri-Par Die & Mold Corp. of Streamwood has expanded its molding operation in Geneva, Ill., by 13,000 square feet and added six injection molding presses. The 26,000-square-foot plant now has 15 presses.
President William Plocinski said July 12 by telephone that he has spent $275,000 on the expansion so far, but he did not say how much the total project will cost.
Tri-Par does toolmaking and molding. Its original facility in Streamwood does only tooling. When the firm opened 45 years ago, it did no injection molding.
``According to last year's [sales] figures, molding counts for 73 percent of our business,'' Plocinski said. He expects to post sales of about $4 million this year.
Tri-Par employs nine in Streamwood and 20-35 in Geneva. Two more mold makers were hired two months ago.
Tri-Par suffered a rough spell in 1997 when some of its major clients like Dell Inc. rescinded their business. After some cutbacks, Plocinski said the company is doing well again.