Miller Plastic Products Inc., a small thermoforming outfit that does most of its business in plastic machining and fabrication, has invested $3.5 million in a new, 50,000-square-foot plant in Burgettstown, Pa.
The company shut down its three-building, 20,000-square-foot operations in Pittsburgh and relocated to Burgettstown this month.
The custom shop, which employs about 20, serves several industries, including aerospace, food processing, chemical storage and handling, and medical-grade laboratory equipment, said Vice President Donnie Miller in an Oct. 12 telephone interview.
The firm thermoforms parts from polyethylene, PVC, acrylics and other resins, Miller said.
Miller Plastic Products once extruded pipe from polyvinylidene fluoride, but exited that market in the mid-1990s.
The new plant features a no-dust-emitting floor and a 40-foot crane tower - two additions that will open up new market opportunities for the custom fabricator.
``As we get into medical-grade lab equipment, you want a clean environment,'' Miller said. ``The cleaner we are, the more products we can build here.''
Miller is excited about the new market opportunities that have arisen, but is quick to say that the company is not married to any one industry.
``We're a custom job shop. We're very versatile,'' he said. ``We like to tackle anything people can throw at us.''