Custom molder Intertech Plastics Inc. is boosting its high-ton capacity. The firm added two machines recently and plans to add two more by next year.
The Denver firm brought a 900-ton, two-shot, all-electric Milacron injection molding machine on line in November and a 1,000-ton Hi-Electric Husky press in December. It is considering two more 1,000-ton presses, with one to be added by the end of 2011; the other is possible by mid-2012.
Intertech cited growing needs of key customers for the expansion, which will increase annual sales by $7 million annually, according to the company. The firm also added 12 employees, boosting its workforce to 85 people.
There a lot of reasons for growing business, but sales manager Keith Hamilton said some companies are using Intertech to build their foothold in the West.
The 120,000-square-foot Denver facility now has 26 presses and one large-part blow molding machine. Last year, it started operating around the clock.
Big companies are moving to improve shipping and looking to go green. One way is to manufacture closer to the customer, Hamilton noted.
Intertech has also added some Yushin robots and expects to add another soon. The firm has gained flexibility since installing an IQMS system a few years ago.
Our customers really see an advantage there's so much data at their fingertips, he said.
Intertech's markets include consumer products, food packaging, military, medical and construction. It offers services from molding to fulfillment, pad printing, assembly and product design.
We had a tremendous year in 2010 and we look forward to 2011, he added.