New owner Checker Technologies Inc. is expanding the operations of custom injection molder Advanced Plastics Corp. to include blow molding and extrusion.
Checker Technologies, a private holding company in Brooklyn Center, Minn., acquired all of APC's assets April 21 from former owner Ron Printz. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Joe Shemanski has taken over as APC president. He did not offer many details, although he did provide a glimpse of what to expect from APC, which has relied heavily on supplying the automotive market.
``We're excited about the opportunities to serve the automotive market, but it is a very volatile market, so we are adding different types of technology,'' he said.
He said that by adding blow molding and extrusion, APC will be able to expand its automotive possibilities, as well as handle other opportunities in markets such as lawn and garden, juvenile products, electronics, appliances and recreational and sporting goods.
Advanced Plastics also is looking at adding rotational molding to handle additional juvenile product work.
Shemanski said that a new management team is in place, but most of APC's employees stayed on. One attraction of the Warren facility is its ample room to grow and expand, he said.
The company performs value-added services like assembly, painting and decorating. It is QS and ISO certified.
Advanced Plastics listed 2004 injection molding sales of $4.6 million, with 12 presses, according to Plastics News' April ranking of injection molders.