Montrose Molders Corp. is updating its facility with two new Nissei injection molding machines and upgrading the capabilities of its workforce with a $140,000 state training grant.
The South Plainfield, N.J.-based custom molder is installing presses with 1,000 tons and 620 tons of clamping force in the next few weeks. Montrose will replace a 700-ton Van Dorn and a 500-ton Impco, and will outfit the plant with new Star robotic equipment.
Basically this is to take advantage of the efficiencies of new machinery. They have better cycle times and use less power. It is all about lessening our carbon footprint on the world, CEO Bill Wilson said Oct. 6 by telephone.
The firm has 35 presses and has been updating the machinery in the past few years. It added its largest machine, a 1,000-ton Nissei, earlier in the year, and that led to a need for another.
We added our first 1,000-ton in history and when it hit the floor we immediately have enough demand for another, Wilson said.
Wilson noted that firm's sales are up 10 percent over last year.
He said the update program helps Montrose in its drive to be more efficient. It also has worked to do more at the machines, such as decorating and assembly.
The customer is looking for better pricing, but also added value, said sales Vice President Todd Nicolay.
The firm has a project management staff, with a manager assigned to each job to handle scheduling and logistics, he said.
The state grant will be used for many types of training, ranging from using machinery and fork lifts to learning English as a second language and studying Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, said company controller Amy Martinez.
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