Plastic Design International Inc. recently added two Niigata all-electric molding machines and is in the process of adding a conference and training room.
We've made a substantial investment in capital equipment, about $250,000 in the last three months, said PDI manufacturing manager Steve Everett.
The company added injection presses with 110 tons and 200 tons of clamping force, Everett said by phone. PDI also added three portable drying units, two sprue pickers, two mold heaters and a parts conveyer.
We're optimistic. Business is picking up and we're headed in the right direction, he said.
PDI is converting 1,000 square feet of space to a conference and training room, which it expects to be ready in mid-February.
The Middletown, Conn.-based company runs a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operation that includes lights-out capability. It does precision work ranging from automotive to commercial to military.
Everett said the company has worked about 10 years with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and its electricity supplier, Connecticut Light and Power, to make improvements that have included investments in presses, lighting and a high-efficiency chiller system for the molding department.
PDI operates out of two buildings with total space of 55,000 square feet, and runs 17 presses, from 35-385 tons. The company has five more presses at a satellite operation in Pittsfield, Maine. In all, PDI employs 70.
In the past year, the company also has added a three-axis computer numerically controlled machine for its toolroom, as well as three bench-top, three-axis CNC machines for secondary services.
We try to design molds so that they are lights-out capable, Everett said.
President Don Bergeron founded the firm about 30 years ago. Everett and four other employees are minority owners.