Specialty thermoformer Tek Pak Inc. of Batavia, Ill., has opened a research and development center in St. Charles, Ill.
The 11,000-square-foot center cost about $1.5 million to purchase and renovate, said Scott Carter, the company's vice president of research and development, in a recent telephone interview.
It's for niche markets in engineering resins and high-temperature materials, Carter said. We're not a traditional high-volume thermoformer. Tek Pak supplies the electronics, medical, industrial, food and retail markets.
The new facility houses five thermoforming lines handling polyetherimide, thermoplastic polyester, polycarbonate and polyetheretherketone. The plant employs 11.
The center contains a HEPA-filtered laboratory for operations that need clean air. It's scheduled to get a Class 100,000 clean room for medical-device packaging operations in the third quarter.
The facility provides Tek Pak with a strategic tool to penetrate new markets, diversify our customer base and to grow sales, which is crucial to our mission of continuing to provide high-quality jobs in the U.S., said Tony Beyer, Tek Pak's president, in a June 1 news release.
Tek Pak's original business is the production of carrier tape used in electronics. Small thermoformers make shapes in continuous strips for packaging electronic components. Tek Pak makes carrier tape in its 27,000-square-foot headquarters in Batavia. The company also has a 2,500-square-foot facility in San Jose, Calif.
Tek Pak's thermoforming services comprise laser cutting and trimming, part design, tooling, prototyping and machine design and fabrication.
The company was established in 1992 and employs 65.