C&J Industries Inc. is in the midst of a $1 million expansion that includes converting 3,200 square feet of space to an ISO Class 8 clean room, and adding new machinery, including five injection molding presses and a high-speed computer numerically controlled mill.
It's for added capacity we've had a clean room, but now we're expanding to take on additional business that we've been awarded, David Lennox, vice president of operations, said in a telephone interview.
Lennox said the main project is converting warehouse space, and it should be finished by July.
The new room will allow for five more presses, including all-electric Toshiba presses. Four have 65 tons of clamping force, while the fifth has 110 tons. Two of the presses will be outfitted with an automated parts-handling system and a vision-inspection machine. The systems were designed in-house by the company's engineering group.
The new machinery will boost C&J's clean molding machines from 17 to 22 presses. They range from 20-390 tons.
The Meadville, Pa.-based company has had clean room space since the early 1980s, according to Mark Fuhrman, C&J marketing and sales manager, and in recent years C&J has expanded its focus on medical-device and pharmaceutical clients. C&J also does work for the consumer and industrial product industry, as well as telecommunications.
He said that 2008 was a strong sales year for C&J. Sales are off slightly this year, but the company still expects 2009 to be a good year.
One of the trends we are seeing is that roughly 10 percent of our current sales are the result of companies coming back from China, Fuhrman said.
He said clients are looking for greater control of materials and processing.
C&J has about 250 employees and works out of a 143,000-square-foot facility. Besides the clean room, it also has 18 more presses in its general molding area, ranging up to 720 tons.
Lennox said the company has invested $4.1 million in capital investments in the past four years. Last year C&J also moved its 20-man tooling shop into the main facility.
The company's new Makino Model S56 three-axis vertical CNC high-speed mill can accommodate pieces up to 1,100 pounds and is equipped with a Blum laser-inspection system and probe.