In an effort to better serve strong market demand, U.S. Die & Mold and parent company Manifold & Phalor Inc. have officially launched a new 30,000-square-foot plant in central Ohio.
U.S. Die & Mold specializes in cleaning, repairing and rebuilding blown film dies, and its capability to handle large dies up to100,000 pounds makes it one of the very few leaders in that niche market, said General Manager Gene Moore.
We're so busy, it is unreal, he said at the Dec. 10 opening ceremony. We've never even slowed down, even though most of the plastic business has.
Sales have quadrupled since Moore founded U.S. Die & Mold three years ago. And the market demand will stay strong. A high-end die needs to be cleaned once a year and some refurbished every five years, he said.
With the expanded facility, the company expects to see its business double in 2011.
An industry veteran with more than two decades of experience in blown film dies, Moore takes pride in keeping longtime customers. Most of them are located in the United States, and some in countries like Israel.
Foreign competition from lower-cost regions is not really a threat, because companies don't outsource this type of service to Mexico or Asia, Moore said. Only two or three firms in the United States are able to recondition the large multilayer dies that U.S. Die & Mold handles, he added.
In the repair and refurbish business, time is critical. Moore said his company offers speedy in-house or on-site service with fair prices. The new facility's strategic location in a free-trade zone helps bring competitive prices on parts and components from European and Canadian equipment manufacturers. With more than double the workspace of the previous 12,000-square-foot factory in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, the new site also sports a loftier ceiling and heftier cranes.
Ready to take on more projects with a larger workforce, I wish I could get more qualified machinists and die technicians sooner, Moore said. There currently are 30 employees at the new site.