Meridian Automotive Systems Inc. is making its in-house compounding operations available to other molders, opening a sales and marketing unit for its blends.
The Allen Park-based molder has a sheet molding compound production facility in Grabill, Ind., that opened in 2003. It turns out polyester, vinyl ester and blended resin compounds reinforced with glass fiber, glass cloth and carbon fiber.
``This expansion is part of the business growth initiative of our composites group into the consumer and industrial market,'' said Richard Newsted, president and chief executive officer, in a May 1 news release.
The sales and marketing group will make Meridian's sheet SMC available to molders working in any market, including other automotive molders.