Integrity Plastics Inc. of Denver, Pa., is investing about $750,000 to outfit a clean room and acquire four all-electric Engel tie-barless injection molding machines.
``We are setting up for medical molding'' and aim to have 50 percent of the business in that niche, said President Ralph Cook. ``We have had a fair amount of medical-device and pharmaceutical business for years.''
Recently, the market accounted for 15 percent of Integrity's sales.
Integrity acquired the basic clean room last year when a tenant, Precision Medical Products Inc., moved to a nearby building it constructed. Precision's move allowed Integrity to double its space to 74,000 square feet.
Integrity is reworking the newly available space as a controlled-environment clean room in which it hopes to begin operations by summer. The clean room is being outfitted to Class 100,000 specifications, but for now, Cook does not intend to have it certified.
In September, Chuck Schneider joined Integrity as its medical industry sales representative.
The firm intends to maintain its core customer base for general consumer closures and industrial components.
``We can accommodate that growing business in the space we had all along,'' Cook said.
Integrity opened in 1989. With many recent hires, Integrity employs 55 and operates 32 presses, with clamping forces of 28-400 tons. The firm reported 2005 sales of more than $8 million.