With the recent installation of a large-format, in-line 38.5-inch Sencorp thermoforming machine, LT Plastics is looking to widen its business.
Marty Schwartz took over the Freeport, N.Y.-based Gearson Industries, which does business as LT Plastics, in July and has big expansion plans. Schwartz upgraded the plant's electrical capacity, added new machinery and is planning to expand the building.
Schwartz said the business successfully has sold clamshells, blister packs, insert trays and shipping and handling trays without a direct sales force. It primarily serves the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
He said his forte is sales and he wants to build on that. The new machine will enable his firm to make items such as point-of-purchase displays, large trays, signs, industrial parts and large packaging items.
He has built a customer base while serving 10 years as a sales representative for thermoforming businesses and 25 years in sales overall. Service, he said, is a main reason why companies succeed.
The former owners, Leonardo and Elga Toribio, founded the company in 1990 and built a solid reputation for service, according to Schwartz. They are retiring, but Leonardo Toribio is staying for a few months to train workers on the machinery.
Toribio built his first vacuum forming machine in 1989 and has built and maintained most of the machinery on hand.
The Sencorp line will be LT Plastics' fifth thermoforming machine. LT has four custom-made thermoformers known for accuracy and speed, Schwartz said. He said they are accurate over many thousands of shots and can run upwards of 600 shots per hour, depending on material thickness.
Schwartz said LT Plastics also has three blister sealing machines as well as a newly purchased radio-frequency sealing machine.
The firm operates out of a 10,000-square-foot building that Schwartz plans to boost by 1,200 square feet of additional warehouse space and 1,000 square feet of office space.
LT employs 15, but plans to add workers.
Schwartz said he is following a family tradition. His father, Mike Schwartz, started a vacuum forming company back in 1954. He also had a bottle blow molding business.