Moll Industries Inc. is investing more than $2 million to expand one of its five clean rooms in Seagrove, N.C., to boost its ability to make medical components.
The expansion will add 1,000 square feet and three Toshiba 390-ton, four-cavity electric molding machines to one of the four Class 100,000 molding clean rooms at the three-building Seagrove complex.
The clean room expansion will be completed and the new machines delivered by the end of July, Conan Miller, corporate director of asset management for the custom injection molder and contract manufacturer, said in a telephone interview July 1.
The Seagrove growth comes on the heels of the addition of a 2,500-square-foot Class 100,000 clean room to Moll's facility in Empalme, Mexico.
``We are showing our continued commitment to the medical industry,'' Miller said.
Miller said the clean room being expanded in Seagrove will have 7,800 square feet when it is finished. He said the new equipment will be in full production by late October, and much of the added production space will be used to make components for syringes for a major customer.
``We needed the expansion to handle new medical component work, which required larger electric molding machines,'' Miller said. The other nine molding machines in that particular clean room were 240 tons or less, except for a 390-ton machine that was used in the test phase of the expansion, he said.
``This broadens our capabilities, increases our machine size and will help us attract more business,'' Miller said.
The Seagrove complex employs 142 and operates 40 presses with clamping forces of 33-500 tons. In addition to the four Class 100,000 clean rooms, there is a Class 10,000 assembly clean room. Miller said 12 people will be added as the expansion comes on line.
Moll also has clean rooms in Donegal, Ireland, and plants in Lexington, N.C., and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, that largely supply the appliance, automotive and consumer goods markets. Moll employs 560 worldwide.
Moll is owned by Highland Capital Management LP. Both companies are based in Dallas.