Two northeast Ohio mold makers and a foundry will meld into one by Nov. 1, the result of a slowdown in the rotational molding industry.
JohnDel Inc. of Kent, Ohio; Plasti-Cast Mold and Products Co. of Akron, Ohio; and Plaster Process Castings Co. of Cleveland have joined forces. The firms are looking for a larger building in which to consolidate all three operations, officials said.
Plasti-Cast, founded in 1952 by industry veteran Bud LaMont, claims to be the first company to cast aluminum molds for rotomolding. LaMont's daughter Lori LaMont Kleski now owns Plasti-Cast. Plaster Process Castings also supplies cast thermoforming and blow mold tooling. Vince Costello serves as its president.
``We're trying to decide whether to change the name of the company or just operate under the JohnDel name,'' JohnDel President Randy Johnson said by phone Sept. 29. ``Eventually, the Plasti-Cast name will be retired.''
JohnDel manufactures fabricated and cast rotational molds. For now, Plasti-Cast's finishing, fabricating and framing operations will be merged into the JohnDel site in Kent, and Plasti-Cast's foundry operations into Plaster Process Casting's plant in Cleveland, until a larger building is found, officials said.
The Plasti-Cast site in Akron will be closed, Lori Kleski said Sept. 30. The firm employs 12.
``A lot of different avenues were explored before I made this decision,'' she said. ``This is a move for strength. Sad to say, in this time, it just helps to have an alliance with other companies, even if they were once your competitors. You don't see mom-and-pop businesses anymore. This is a positive move. Plasti-Cast has always been known for its quality and integrity, and I see that continuing with Randy and Vince Costello.''