Styletek Inc. has a new leader and partner, Greg Burns, and is focusing on expanding its hold in the footwear industry and niche molding markets.
Burns, who worked for Gomma SA de CV of LeÃ³n, Mexico, replaced Glenn Barrett as president and stockholder at Styletek on Oct. 20. Barrett left to become chief executive officer of O2 Partners LLC, which makes OrthoLite-brand insoles.
Two other partners - Dave Kincman, chief operating officer, and Bob Jones, vice president of operations - remain active and still are stockholders.
``We're basically staying the same, but we are expecting our operations to grow,'' Kincman said in a telephone interview.
Styletek started in 1970 as a mold maker and injection molder of women's shoe heels. Though much of the footwear market has moved overseas, there still is a need for a North American supplier, he said.
``It is one of our strengths. We are one of the last icemen, so people come to us when they need something,'' said Kincman.
Besides being an injection and insert molder as well as mold maker, the company also is a manufacturing representative for 13 companies in Mexico. It offers sewn and leather products throughout the United States and the Caribbean.
The company continues to manufacture niche products at its 30,000-square-foot facility in Lowell, Mass. It has 35 injection presses.
Kincman noted that products vary from a night light for golf that is used in 65 countries to cable screws with a cap for use on computers.
``We're also very heavy in law enforcement - the belt accessories and holsters have a tremendous amount of plastic and we serve every one of the major suppliers,'' Kincman said.