Minnesota Rubber & Plastics is boosting its operations globally, with a new plant in Suzhou, China, a New England sales and technical assistance center, and plans for expanding its clean room operations in Wisconsin.
The Minneapolis-based company opened a 30,000-square-foot Suzhou facility in May. Marketing manager Bill Pederson said the plant serves both rubber and plastic markets.
The facility does horizontal molding, compression and transfer molding, milling and preforming, insert molding and liquid silicone rubber molding. The facility also handles secondary operations, assembly and custom molded engineered shapes.
The plant serves the automotive, medical, water and general industrial markets.
``We've been in east Asia for 22 years. We do have a facility in Singapore,'' Pederson said.
Besides China and Singapore, Minnesota Rubber & Plastics has operations in Renosa, Mexico, and Pacy-sur-Eure, France. It has 10 manufacturing and distributing centers overall and can offer support through its Global Express Group.
The company opened its Bedford, N.H., office in July. It is staffed by technical director George McMurdy, who has more than 30 years of experience in the plastics business.
McMurdy said the office focuses on the medical industry and was set up to serve existing accounts, but is also in place to help other industries with business and product development. It is supported by a technical team in Minneapolis.
Lastly, the company plans to expand its medical operations, including the Class 10,000 and 100,000 clean rooms at its Rivers Falls, Wis., plant. The expansion will accommodate growth in the company's assembly and silicone overmolding business. Pederson said details will be released in the first quarter of 2008.
The company had been known as Minnesota Rubber and QMR Plastics, but was reorganized into one unit earlier this year by its parent, Quadion Corp.