Woodfold Manufacturing Inc. has added injection molding capability with its purchase of a longtime plastics component supplier doing business as Emerge Technologies Inc.
About two miles separate the operations in Forest Grove, Ore.
``It is our intention to stay in the injection molding business,'' said Mark Lewis, Woodfold president and chief executive officer. Including Emerge's 15 workers, Woodfold now employs 120.
Employee-owned Woodfold acquired the assets of Industrial Plastics Inc., including 3 acres and equipment, Sept. 5. Industrial has done business as Emerge since 2000. Owner and founder Bill Rieckmann sold the firm. Terms were undisclosed. Emerge also does rapid prototyping.
For Woodfold, Emerge makes plastic door handles and small slider components. Work for Woodfold already accounts for about 10 percent of Emerge's volume, said Matt James, Emerge general manager.
Emerge molds housings for medical-related monitoring equipment, single-use eye surgery products for Alcon Inc.'s Sinking Spring, Pa., plant and bezels for the Las Vegas subsidiary of Japan Cash Machine Co. Ltd.
At its 40,000-square-foot plant, Emerge has eight Toshiba, Arburg and Milacron presses with clamping forces of 24-390 tons.
Woodfold makes accordion, rollup and bookcase doors, plantation shutters and hardwood parts at a 160,000-square-foot site. The firm buys extruded vinyl base panels to cover fiberboard in its accordion folding doors.