Within four years, Advent Tool & Mold Inc. has gone from eyeing a possible expansion into medical molding to preparing for full production with new equipment and the expertise to make it happen.
Now the Rochester, N.Y.-based business is launching a $2.2 million expansion that will add a second clean room for molding and assembly, bring in up to 10 new presses and hire at least 28 more people for engineering, production and assembly for an industry that has become its biggest customer.
More than half of our growth has been in medical, Vice President Jim Murphy said in an April 4 telephone interview.
Advent already has multiple projects booked to support its expansion, and expects to fill the new capacity quickly, he said.
The firm will build a 27,000-square-foot addition to its Rochester plant in the next six months and add between seven and 10 presses. It now runs 35 presses from 40-450 tons, and employs 175. It expects to add between 28 and 35 people in the next three years.
Advent opened in 1978 as an injection molding toolmaker and expanded into molding in 1983. It specializes in high-precision engineered plastics, including insert and two-shot molding. The auto industry was its biggest business base when managers laid out a plan to move into the medical industry.
We had the technical capability, but there's a lot more that goes into [medical] than that, Murphy said. This is not a fast process.
Advent completed the ISO certification required for many medical parts and built its first clean room for production and assembly two years ago. Growth has been steady enough that the firm also has expanded into a 10,000-square-foot rented warehouse to make room for production, he said.