Albright Technologies Inc. quadrupled its capacity when it moved to a new 4,000-square-foot leased site Sept. 1 in Leominster.
Founder and President David Comeau moved the medical and optical silicone rapid prototyping company from a 1,000-square-foot space in Sterling, Mass., five miles away to lease part of the building in Leominster.
``We feel we haven't really penetrated the market. A lot of people don't know about us, but we will do things that other people will not,'' he said in a Sept. 13 telephone interview.
Comeau said the company helps others work with liquid silicone. Albright has developed a niche by doing design, development, its own tooling and low-volume molding.
Comeau trumpets the virtues of using liquid silicone in medical molding and even has written a book, Medical Silicone Rubber Part Design Manual, that he gives to medical designers to get them better acquainted with his process.
``If you are a medical part designer. you can't afford to wait six to eight weeks,'' he said, noting that the company works on quick turnarounds.
Comeau said Albright is a small business, with six employees. However, it is an experienced group, with production manager Robert Waitt having 30 years of tool and die experience.
Medical work accounts for 95 percent of Albright's business. Some 85 percent of the firm's orders come through its Web site.
Comeau now leases in a building that measures 70,000 square feet, most of it warehouse, but it gives the firm room to grow. Comeau plans to increase staff.
``We're very excited about having them move here,'' said Scott Amos, Leominster economic development director. He said the city has worked with Albright to find the right space, and the firm is exploring benefits the city and state can provide to help it grow.