Custom thermoformer Armada Industries Inc. has moved into a new facility in Temecula, Calif.
Armada signed a five-year lease with Western Plastics for the plant but may opt to buy out the lease next year, said Armada owner and President Gus NuÃ±o. Leasing for the full five years will cost more than $4 million.
Armada is investing about $50,000 for electrical, plumbing and other needs for its equipment, NuÃ±o said.
``We needed a newer, more state-of-the-art facility because more than one-third of our business involves the medical market,'' he said in a telephone interview. Armada's customers include Tyco International Ltd. and Johnson & Johnson.
The newly leased structure has more than 25,000 square feet, plus 6,000 square feet of office and mezzanine space. Previously, Armada leased 20,000 square feet elsewhere in Temecula.
Armada employs 14 and operates 11 thermoforming machines, including four Lyle in-line, heavy-gauge machines; one Los Angeles Machinery Specialties thin-gauge unit; and six Maac sheet-fed, single-station models.
Armada had 2007 sales of $4.2 million. NuÃ±o projects current-year sales of $4.8 million.
Occupying some space in the new location is another NuÃ±o-owned business, Acropolis Engineering Inc., which employs six and had 2007 sales of $1.8 million. Among its services, Acropolis makes precision Razorcap and HellRazor broad-head hunting arrow tips for New Archery Products of Forest Park, Ill., and data heads for computer hard-drive applications.
Armada's new landlord, Western Plastics, rewinds, converts and prints thermoplastic film. Western Plastics has other operations in Calhoun, Ga.; Mississauga, Ontario; and Galway and Dublin, Ireland.