Innovative Injection Technologies Inc. the old Mid-Central Plastics Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010. The custom injection molder is known as i2tech.
The current owners, the father-son team of Robert and Josh Janeczko, are planning four special events this year, including a customer appreciation day in the spring followed by an employee celebration in the summer. In September, i2tech will celebrate the contribution of suppliers at its annual supplier day event. Finally, the 50th-anniversary year will end with a community open house.
Mid-Central Plastics began in 1960 as a molder of plastic nozzles and fishing lures.
Shel Goreham, owner of Steel Treating Inc., saw an opportunity to expand the metal oil-burner nozzle business into plastic nozzles for the agricultural markets. STI bought three injection molding machines, a Newbury, a New Britain, and a Natco.
The presses were installed in a 1,200-square-foot wing of the steel company, creating the Mid-Central Plastics division of Steel Treating.
STI looked for other molding opportunities. One major early job: converting the Lazy Ike fishing lure from wood to plastic. The company molded the lure bodies and shipped them to Kautzky Manufacturing Co. in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
The success of the Lazy Ike required a move to a larger, 6,500-square-foot building in West Des Moines in 1963.
In 1968, Steel Treating merged into Delavan Manufacturing Co., which soon filed articles of incorporation to change the plastics division to a new, stand-alone company called Mid-Central Plastics. The following year, the operation was moved to its current address in West Des Moines, in a 36,340-square-foot building.
That same year 1968 Mid-Central bought one of the first three injection presses made by Cincinnati Milling Machine Co., now Milacron LLC. The metalworking machinery company had just formed a plastics machinery division, and built the first three injection presses.
Goreham directed Bob Hatch, the purchasing manager, to buy one of these new Cincinnati machines right away. Milacron sold one of the first series, with a clamping force of 375 tons and a 32-ounce barrel, for $43,825. The other two original Cincinnati presses were never sold to the public.
At Mid-Central, the shiny new Cincinnati replaced an old Reed plunger machine. Today, the machine is still running 24/7.
On Nov. 18, 1976, Goreham bought Mid-Central Plastics from Delavan Manufacturing to become sole owner. When he died in 1993 at age 78, ownership passed to his three surviving children, Dick Goreham, Dee Goreham Staples and Bill Goreman. They ran the company for five years, then sold Mid-Central in 1998 to Morton Industrial Group Inc., which changed the name of the molding plant to Morton Custom Plastics.
In 2001, Morton moved one of its executives, Robert Janeczko, over to run the Iowa plastics plant. Morton ended up selling the plant to Robert and Josh Janeczko, and Stuart Oxer, in 2003. The Janeczkos later bought out Oxer's stake.
They changed the name to Innovative Injection Technologies, or i2tech.
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