Injection molder PDQ South Injection Technologies is expanding at its headquarters site in Pageland, S.C.
PDQ will move its tool-shop operation from Monroe, N.C., to Pageland by the end of the year, officials said in a recent news release. The firm also has purchased a pair of new injection presses a 320-ton and a 210-ton giving it a total of 13.
Combining the tool shop with its existing injection molding site will improve efficiency and customer service, owner and President R.T. Wallace said in a recent news release.
The expansion is taking place on property adjacent to PDQ's site. PDQ bought the property and a 12,000-square-foot building located there earlier this year. The brand-new building will be used for warehousing and distribution of the Pikit, a pick-up/grabber tool made by the firm.
The addition effectively doubles PDQ's square footage, spokesman Dan Rizzo said in a May 24 phone interview.
The tool shop had been located on property near Wallace's home in Monroe, about 20 miles away from PDQ's site in Pageland. Wallace founded the company as PDQ Plastics in Monroe in the late 1980s, and he renamed it after moving the business to Pageland in 2000.
PDQ hopes to ramp up production of the Pikit this year. The firm has made the proprietary product since 2005, but to date only has sold it locally. Rizzo said PDQ would like to get the product distributed by a large retail chain.
Wallace designed the product after noticing that many similar devices were made of metal. It can be used for garden and lawn cleanup, grounds maintenance and similar efforts.
The move and expansion in Pageland is made possible by our recent growth in contracts, the business planning for [the] Pikit and the ongoing commitment of our existing customer base, Wallace said.
PDQ employs about 20 and has annual sales between $3 million and $4 million. The firm molds a variety of industrial and consumer parts made of ABS, polypropylene and other commodity resins.
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