Infiniti Plastic Technologies Inc. has ramped up production at its new Paducah, Ky., plant, which manufactures polypropylene optical media cases.
The company wrapped up construction in November and launched manufacturing early this year.
``We started to bring in and install machinery, do our testing and begin production and shipment to our customers'' in January, said Infiniti President Saeed Yousefian.
The Kentucky plant makes jewel boxes for compact discs, DVDs and other media for contractors supplying movie studios and music providers, among others.
In recent months, the firm received six 660-ton Netstal SynErgy injection molding machines and is linking them with Ilsemann automation systems. The presses operate with four-by-four stack molds.
Infiniti also plans to add packaging to its case production.
``That is something for the future,'' Yousefian said Aug. 31 during an EMX trade show interview.
Ultimately, Infiniti expects its investment at the site to total $47 million, he said.
The 100,000-square-foot plant employs 21. The robotics and automated systems allow for few employees, he said.
The building, acquired from the Paducah-McCracken County Industrial Park Authority, can be expanded to 300,000 square feet. The company is eligible for state tax incentives ranging from $450,000 to $1 million, Yousefian said.
Yousefian is president and joint owner of both Infiniti Plastic and sister company Infiniti Media Inc., in Torrance, Calif.
An Infiniti Media joint venture with a Shenzhen, China, plastics processor manufactures optical media cases that are imported to the United States and distributed from a 100,000-square-foot Torrance warehouse. Infiniti Media employs 25 workers at the warehouse.
Yousefian said the imports are products not manufactured in Paducah.