Rotational molder Sterling Technologies Inc. is adding production capacity and moving to a bigger facility.
Sterling recently bought a 96,000-square-foot building in Lake City, Pa., about 10 miles from its current Erie, Pa., plant and will move there during the next three to four months. President Greg Cronkhite said the new building will allow for a more efficient production layout than is possible in the 25,000-square-foot Erie operation.
Sterling is installing a recently purchased Ferry RS280 HD rotomolding machine in the Lake City plant. The machine has a 121-inch arm swing to complement Sterling's existing Ferry machines in Erie with arm swings of 131 inches and 60 inches. After the new Ferry begins operating, other equipment will be relocated in stages, the company said in a news release.
Cronkhite said Sterling plans to get assistance in designing the new plant layout from state agency PennTAP. The plant must be able to accommodate granulators, a high-speed mixer, pulverizer and inventory. Sterling expects to have an extra 20,000 square feet available for subleasing space in the plant, formerly run as an automotive injection molding operation by Carlisle Engineered Products Inc.
Cronkhite, Sterling's majority owner and founder, declined to estimate the cost of the building, expansion and the relocation.
Sterling employs about 45 in Erie and intends to keep staff at that level after the move.
The 10-year-old custom molder's services include design, prototyping, assembly, packaging and distribution.