Kramski North America Inc. is planning to expand its operations to include insert molding next year.
The Largo, Fla., company has hired Robert Spencer as product manager for molding technology to help with designing, building and setting up new molding systems. Spencer has worked as a consultant for industry leaders like Motorola Inc.
``Our new growth is in insert molding,'' said sales director Glenn Shaw.
``We do support work for other insert molders, so we will not compete with them, but rather go after our own niche market - parts that can be highly automated,'' Shaw added.
He was quick to note that Kramski will continue to provide parts and stamping services for insert molders.
The company operates from a 15,000-square-foot facility in Largo. It has 12 employees producing 160 million contact terminals and springs annually for a major supplier of automotive electronics and accessories. Kramski specializes in the processing of metal thicknesses between 0.025 and 0.20 millimeters and with compliance in the narrowest ranges.
Shaw said Kramski's parent company, Kramski GmbH of Pforzheim, Germany, currently does insert molding in Germany as well as at a site in Sri Lanka. They are looking to provide the same service to existing customers wanting a North American site as well.
The Pforzheim facility is just finishing a 45,000-square-foot addition this month to boost its current site to 101,000 square feet. Overall, it has about $31 million in sales and 345 employees.
Equipment will be installed in Florida next year.
Shaw said that Kramski does mostly automotive work in the United States, but is hoping to diversify, exploring the electronics, telecommunications and medical markets.