West Haven, Conn.-based architectural products maker Bilco Co. recently began production at its new plant in Zanesville, Ohio.
The $5 million, 75,000-square-foot plant initially will house a 200-ton injection molding machine, two blow molding machines, and a vacuum forming machine that the company is transferring from its West Haven facility, said Chuck Chirdon, Zanesville plant manager.
Bilco will be injection molding 25-pound basement window wells. Chirdon said it is a brand-new design.
The company previously outsourced its blow molded products. In Zanesville, the company will make egress basement doors. All of the parts are made from high density polyethylene. The plant also has a fabrication department, Chirdon said.
The new plant will employ 25, a figure the firm plans to more than double in the first three years of operation. The building is on a 12-acre site.
The firm chose central Ohio purposefully, saying it is the center of the geographic market for Bilco's basement-oriented products.
Bilco is an experienced lean manufacturing company, Chirdon said.
``We put all that thought into putting this building together,'' he said. ``We manufacture efficiently, with very little inventory.''