Polar Plastech LLC has gone from product design to manufacturing, bringing three injection molding presses to Odessa, Fla., to mold its own pitchers and glasses as well as to seek out work from other companies.
The expansion into molding allows Polar Plastech to have better control over its costs, said Vice President Sean Roberts.
With retailers really pushing everyone to lower costs, this was something that we felt made sense, Roberts said at the International Home + Housewares Show, held March 6-8 in Chicago.
Polar began when it developed a pitcher with an internal cavity to hold ice and keep drinks cool, using Eastman Chemical Co.'s Tritan copolyester resin. It has since expanded that line into matching glasses and added sublimated graphics to feature the name of a brand or sports team.
The company had worked with contract manufacturers prior to making the plunge into its own molding, Roberts said.
Polar Plastech currently has two 233-ton presses and one 400-ton press. The company is seeking outside contracts to keep those machines busy.