Private investor Penn North Inc. is trying to revive and build on an injection molding business to replace a company that was called Reno Plastics.
In September, the investor group bought the 49,000-square-foot facility in Reno that housed Reno Plastics. Penn North does custom injection molding, said plant supervisor John H. Smith.
``Right now, we are just getting started,'' Smith said in a telephone interview, noting that presses started running Jan. 1.
He said the company has more machines than employees, but that may change quickly. The firm's 16 injection presses have clamping forces of 50-1,200 tons.
Roger Frill, a supervisor at the old plant who has 31 years of injection molding experience, heads a crew of six. Smith said he is interviewing more workers.
``We're looking to get back into some of the industries that Reno Plastics had formerly done business in - like juvenile products, plastic furniture,'' Smith said.
He said the company also is looking at tool or engine parts, and lawn and garden possibilities.
The company was stymied by liens placed by various agencies against Reno's equipment, but Smith said details have been worked out. Reno Plastics ceased operations about two years ago.
Penn North is headed by President Rich Riddle. The company also sells used auxiliary equipment for injection molding.