Hot-runner manufacturer Polyshot Corp. recently broke ground on a 16,200-square-foot addition that will more than double the size of its present facility in Henrietta, N.Y.
Polyshot employs 25 and operates out of a 13,000-square-foot building that it constructed five years ago. ``Basically, we're really crowded, so we're taking all the [computer numerically controlled] turning and milling machines about nine or 10 of them and they will go into the new facility,'' President Doug Hepler said Dec. 18 by phone.
The new space should be ready by June and will allow the firm to organize production more efficiently, he said. Polyshot cites its own growing business, as well as worldwide growth in the industry, as reasons for the expansion. In preparation, it added new machinery this year.
The firm, which does all of its hot-runner manufacturing in-house, did not expect to outgrow its current facility so quickly, Hepler said, but it already had the land necessary for the expansion.
Hepler said sales have grown 25 percent during the past 18 months, and he is optimistic about the future. After the equipment is moved into the new building, the company will renovate its current space. The older building will retain mold test cells and grinding department. The company also plans to add a metrology laboratory.
The company now has a 1950s-themed diner as an employee dining area, but that will be replaced by a 1,200-square-foot cafe with a coffee theme in the new building.
Polyshot is located in a business park next to the Rochester Institute of Technology.