Say Plastics Inc. recently completed a $5.8 million project that allowed it to separate its blow molding and thermoforming operations and to boost production dramatically.
``We really needed more space - we just couldn't take in any more business,'' said Vice President Ron Staub in a telephone interview.
The McSherrystown, Pa., company purchased a vacant, 48,000-square-foot facility in April, where it has moved its blow molding operations. The move enabled the company to add a third blow molding line and provided some needed warehouse space.
The company makes wide-mouth PET jars and bottles. Among its customers is Utz Quality Foods Inc. in nearby Hanover, Pa.
The move also enabled Say to boost thermoforming space at its old 17,000-square-foot site, which is less than a mile away. Staub said that operation added two multiaxis DMS routers, which enabled the company to bring some work in-house that it had farmed out in the past.
Say started out as a thermoformer in 1986 and has made materials-handling trays for some Fortune 500 companies. It also makes components for industrial original equipment makers and point-of-purchase displays. Say added blow molding in 2003.
``Both sides of our business are growing - we expanded our engineering staff so that provided opportunities on the front end,'' Staub said.
He said overall sales were up 40 percent in 2007 and the company expects another 40-50 percent boost this year.
Say's employee ranks also have grown. The firm employed about a dozen workers in 2000, and that number has grown to 45. It plans to hire 10 more workers in each of the next three years, Staub said.
Various state agencies have helped fund the expansion, and the company worked with Adams County Economic Development Corp. to obtain a $920,000 funding package.
The county deal includes a $750,000 loan through the machinery and equipment loan fund, a $50,000 opportunity grant, $50,000 in customized job-training funds and $70,000 in job-creation tax credits.