CALDWELL, IDAHO - Caldwell-based rotational molder Custom Roto-Molding Inc. is expanding its Springfield, Ore., facility, said sales manager Ed Willson.
The Springfield site currently houses one rotomolding machine, a carousel with an independent arm, but Custom intends to add a shuttle molder by the end of 2005. ``[The equipment] should probably cost close to $100,000,'' Willson said by phone July 18. He also said the company will add up to 10 employees in the next year.
Some 60 percent of Custom's sales come from the recreational vehicle business, specifically tanks for travel trailers and mobile homes. ``Twenty-five percent of our business is custom rotomolding, and that's our fastest- growing segment,'' Willson said.
Country Harmony settles into facility
CANYON, TEXAS - Rotational molder Country Harmony Plastics Inc. has settled into its new, 10,000-square-foot plant and is planning further expansion, said Vice President Katrina Kimble.
Canyon-based Country Harmony said it plans to construct an adjacent plant on the same property that will include a new carousel rotomolder.
The new plant cost $250,000, Kimble said. She declined to divulge details about further construction until plans are finalized.
North Coast Custom to buy equipment
CAREY, OHIO - Carey-based rotational molder North Coast Custom Molding Inc. is expanding its plant and buying a four-armed carousel machine, said operations director Eric Miller.
The 10,000-square-foot site will be expanded by 5,000 square feet.
Miller said North Coast will hire at least four more workers by the end of the year.
No cost for the expansion was available.
Trionic plans to add 5,000 square feet
FREDONIA, WIS. - Trionic Corp., a Fredonia-based rotational molder, plans to expand its facility by a minimum of 5,000 square feet in the next few months, said President Santo Cannistra in a July 19 telephone interview.
Cannistra also said that Trionic currently is shopping for a used shuttle rotomolder.
Expansion plans have not been finalized. Trionic does not intend to hire additional workers, Cannistra said.
Romotech seeking high-speed blender
NEW PARIS, IND. - Rotational Molding Technologies is looking into purchasing new equipment, said President David Smith.
``We have a couple people looking for a high-speed blender right now,'' he said in a July 18 telephone interview.
Smith estimated that the blender will cost between $50,000 and $80,000 and that Romotech will install it as soon as one is found.
Smith added that New Paris-based Romotech plans to hire five to 10 more workers in the next year. Romotech currently employs 60.
* Nor-Pac Industries Inc., a Brainerd Minn.-based rotational molder, has purchased a used clamshell machine for $30,000, President Jack Olson said in a July 20 telephone interview. Nor-Pac moved into a 24,000-square-foot facility last year. The company now runs four rotomolding machines and employs 10.