Contract molder Tech NH Inc. recently completed a 7,000-square-foot addition to its Merrimack, N.H., plant and installed a 780-ton Nissei injection press.
The company also has plans to add a 700-square-foot clean room by the end of August.
``Now, we've moved our other large presses into the area and we are in the process of reorganizing our production floor,'' sales and marketing director Roger Somers said in a recent telephone interview.
Tech now operates in 57,000 square feet of space. Somers said the addition allows for better deployment of machinery and more assembly space. In the past year, Tech has been turning to Nissei all-electric presses to help lower utility costs. Besides the 780-tonner, the firm's 22 injection molding machines include 16-, 55- and 88-ton all-electrics.
``Not only are we adding larger machines, but we are also getting smaller, approaching micromold,'' Somers said.
He said Tech expects to boost last year's sales of $9 million to about $10 million for its recent fiscal year, ended June 30. About 60 percent of that business is medical but it also does work for industrial and electronics industries. Tech projects $11 million to $11.5 million in sales for next year.
It also has boosted its number of employees from 65 a year ago to about 80 now.
One reason for Tech's success is its range of customer offerings, Sommers said.
``In the last five years we've changed the way we go after sales. We do a lot of design. We've cultivated a lot of startups in the area. Massachusetts and New Hampshire have attracted a lot of new companies and we've taken it upon ourselves to offer design, development and engineering,'' he said.
The company has operated small clean rooms, some of them portable, but the new setup will be a sectional arrangement and enhance its abilities to do more assembly and packaging work.
Tech, which started as prototyping company in 1981, has grown under founder and current President Rich Grosky.
The firm has an engineering office in Hong Kong operating as Tech Asia Ltd. Tech has had a presence in Asia since the late 1980s. About 15 percent of its tooling is made there.