Expanding into space next door, Robert Casey is more the doubling the workspace of Summit Plastics LLC, a company he formed nine years ago.
``It's getting a little cramped and we needed to expand,'' said Casey, president of New Britain, Conn.-based Summit.
The niche custom injection molder will grow to 8,000 square feet of space, from 3,500 square feet. The size of the operation is modest, with two employees besides the owner. Casey expects to hire two more workers within a year or two, he said by telephone.
Summit runs three presses, from 50-280 tons. The new space will allow for more machinery or value-added services, as need arises. For now, it will be used for warehousing.
Casey said he worked with local officials to get the financing needed to expand and gear up for future work.
The company works in many industries, such as office and construction products, but its niche is low-volume production runs.
Casey did not release sales, but said the firm has grown about 400 percent from its first couple of years and expects to grow another 20 percent this year.
Casey said he learned his wares while working for local injection molders. He decided to form his own business when a company he worked for, Compression Inc., folded.